Open Tent Academy
Open Tent Academy is an all-inclusive, virtual environment where homeschoolers (and “after-schoolers”) can take an array of classes, taught by instructors, who are experts in their fields.
Challenging teens to think, this 10-session course will introduce learners to the major philosophers who have shaped modern Western thought. We will explore and explain the ideas of Plato, Socrates, Aquinas, Locke, Mills, Hume, Nietzsche, Sartre, and others, using contemporary scenarios in a way to make these great thinkers accessible to the teenage learner. Given today’s emphasis on mastery of standardized tests, it is important for learners to exercise their critical-thinking skills, and to ponder questions for which there are no absolute right or wrong answers.
Class sessions will cover such topics as
Beauty – What is the Purpose of Art?
Truth – Is Lying Always Wrong?
Justice – Who Will Take Care of the Environment?
God – Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
Learners will take part in activities that include dramatic skits, exploration of background on multiple philosophical views, and challenges to construct “thought experiments,” imagining a world in which a single philosophy dominates. Discussion questions, activities, community projects, and further readings accompany each lesson.
This class seeks to foster greater familiarity with and appreciation for the Western philosophical tradition.
Registration deadline is March 15, 2021.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.