Exploring Philosophy

2:30pm-3:45pm Tuesdays     Ages 13-18

“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates

“Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits” – William James

A survey of primarily Western Philosophy beginning with the ancient greeks through modern times.

Over the span of a year we will meet the great philosophers of Western civilization (and a few from the rest of the world.)

We will begin the term with a general discussion of the nature of philosophy.  We will explore what it is trying to do, where it succeeds and fails as well as its benefits and dangers.

After grounding ourselves in the nature of philosophical thought we will focus on reading and exploring the writings of the philosophers we, as a group, choose to focus on. 

Teacher: Michael Haltenberger

Michael Haltenberger  has been teaching Religion at Hunter College for over ten years.  He created and continues to teach the Seminar on Religion and Science as well as courses on Religion and Psychology and Religious Experience.  Additionally he has worked in Film, as a marketing director, and a therapist.  He has traveled widely and is an experienced sailor and snowboarder amongst other seemingly pointless obsessions.

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Fall 2018: $325

Sept. 18th; Oct. 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th; Nov. 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th; Dec. 4th, 11th, 18th (12 days)

(No Classes Sept. 11th Rosh Hashana, Sept. 25th Sukkot, Oct. 2nd Simchat Torah)


Winter 2019: $250

Jan. 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th; Feb. 5th, 12th, 26th; March 5th, 12th, 19th (10 days)

(No Classes Feb. 19th Winter Break)

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Spring 2019: $250

March 26th; April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th; May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th; June 4th (10 days)

(No Classes April 23rd Spring Break)