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Beginning in Wonder

12:30-1:45pm (Ages 13+) Intro to Philosophy Instructor: Justin Nordin

  • Ended
  • 220 US dollars
  • Irving Park Lutheran Church Gymnasium (diagonally across from church)

Service Description

"Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder." - Plato This class aims to develop communication and critical reasoning skills through the study of philosophy. Through various activities and discussions, we will wonder about some of the deepest questions that have occupied philosophers for over two thousand years. Questions like: What makes something right or wrong? Where do our values come from? What is the nature of consciousness? How do we know when we know something? Why is there something rather than nothing at all? Along the way, students will learn to analyze different kinds of texts, defend a position with reasons, and apply philosophical ideas to real world problems. No prior study of philosophy is necessary for this course. This course is not about getting the right answer, but finding the right question. It is specially designed to ease students into philosophy while equipping them with critical thinking skills that will benefit them in all aspects of their lives. Class sessions will center on group discussions and activities. Additional learning activities will be individualized based on each student's age and ability. Students in this course will: - develop the skills needed to effectively communicate orally and through writing. - analyze different kinds of texts. - learn to defend a position with reasons. - apply philosophical ideas to real world problems. - become familiar with the rich philosophical tradition that shapes many of our current beliefs and debates. All reading materials needed for the course are included in the course fee. Students should bring their own notebooks or laptops (if preferred for note taking). Students will be expected to complete short reading and writing assignments at home. **This class will not meet on Thursday October 27th.** About the instructor: Justin Nordin holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. He has several years of experience teaching philosophy at the collegiate level. Justin is excited to be able to bring his knowledge and teaching experience to IPHG. Week 1 9/8 Week 2- 9/15 Week 3- 9/22 Week 4- 9/29 Week 5- 10/6 Week 6- 10/13 Week 7- 10/20 Week 8- 10/27- No class Week 9- 11/3 Week 10- 11/10 Week 11- 11/17 Week 12- 11/24- No class Week 13- 12/1 Week 14- 12/8 Week 15- 12/ 15


Cancellation Policy

We keep our classes small to enhance learning outcomes. Because of this, it is important that our classes are filled up with students that are committed to the class.  If you have questions about a class, please contact us prior to signing up to make sure the class will meet your expectations.   Classes can ONLY be dropped within the first two weeks of the semester.  There is a $65 fee if dropped within the first week of class. There is an $80 fee if dropped within the second week of class. The remaining balance after dropping will be refunded. Classes CANNOT be dropped after the second week of scheduled classes. After the second week of scheduled classes no refund will be given.  To drop a class please email iphglearning@gmail.com IPHG reserves the right to cancel any class. In the event IPHG cancels class is canceled before beginning, a credit to be applied for future semesters will be given. Credit will be for the value of the canceled class.


Contact Details

  • 4057 N Harding Ave, Chicago, IL, USA


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