Philosophy Parameters

Here are my thoughts for this project.  It will look seomthing like this:

1.  Divide Philosophy into eras: Greek Philosophy, Early Christianity and philosophy, Medivieval philosophy, Modern philosophy, contemporary philosophy.  (Hat tip to Julian Marias’ History of Philosophy for this outline).

2.  Survey of general historical context of each era

3.  Look at major movements, figures, controversies, hotly contested issues

4. Look at characteristic thought of each era according to the major areas of philosophy.  For example, what did : a) defining the discipline, b) nature of reality/universe [metaphyscis/ontology], c) man’s place in the universe, d) what is good and evil [ethics], d) nature of God [Philosophy of religion], e) fate verses free will [philosophy of freedom], f) man and the state [political/social philosophy], g) man and education, h) mind and matter, ideas and thinking [epistemology], i) axiology [philosophy of beauty], and j) logic.

5.  Draw conclusions and connect with next era.

6.  Ask questions regarding the era from a Christian perspective.

This cannot be comprehensive in nature, b/c it is simply too large.  I hope this blog can walk a line between courting insanity and oversimplification.  Also, i am not going to be real rigid regarding categories and time periods; those are just examples.  Also, following a direct chronological line is unnecessary.  Anyone who wants to post can as long as it fits somewhere within the general critieria described above: I will organize it as we go.

I hope that many others will join me through commenting and hopefully consistently posting in this endeavor.  If we approach this communally, then we will all learn more.  If anyone would like to post for this project, please comment, and i will correspond with you until we can work a way to colaborate together.  

Hope to hear from everyone soon.


  1. Derek,

    Only you could put it so eloquently, “I want to walk the line between courting insanity and overgeneralizing.” I think it sounds fun. As much as I can contribute, you know I will. 😉 Talk to you later brother.


  2. Nice project. Axiology is really the study of value — includes ethics, aesthetics, etc. Since you already have ethics as a category, you could call this aesthetics.

  3. Chris,

    Great point. I think i might do that, but how do you practically discern what someone’s view of aesthetics might be from their ethics?

    Take Abelard. His ethics was purely intention based, but what can i glean from this regarding his view of beauty?

    I agree with you, but i think i will separate them fro practical reasons, unless you have any suggestions.

    Thanks again for the insight bro.


  4. You are blowing my mind with the inherent difficulty in this project considering you are working simultaneously on a Master’s Degree in a non-related area of study.

    I have been studying Philosophy intensely for the last 4 years and to give myself only a moment to attempt to fathom the task on which you are taking… it makes my brain ache.

    If I can be of any assistance, Derek, let me know.

    Sail on!


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