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The Ultimate Philosophical Timeline>>>>>

At various stages in these video Programs we stop and do a miniseries of "timeline" videos. Why? Because this Great Books Story video series is about the main philosophical themes in the great books of Western philosophy and how these themes play themselves out in particular texts and then play themselves out in the larger story of all history in philosophy for the state of mankind's knowledge on earth, as it were. The main themes of philosophy tend to play themselves out in particular figures and in a set repeating patterns of thought, in essence, "worldviews." For example, ancient Plotinus as modern Tillich (a Gnosticism/ Neo-Platonism), the ancient Epicureans as modern Bentham (a Hedonism, outright or implicitly), the ancient Sophists as modern Sartre (an overt "Postmodernism" or supposedly stuck in endless subjectivity, etc.) and so on, as is well-known. (This is fascinating stuff apart from which particular camp one sees one's self to be in.) 


Program 175:

Cicero & the Stoics, and the Philosophical Timeline to end all Philosophical Timelines? Part V

Today, we end our miniseries on The Ultimate Philosophical Timeline. And next time, September 10, 2007, we begin Cicero, in earnest!!!  If Socrates is "the Master," and if Solomon is "the wisest man who ever lived," and Isaiah, perhaps "the greatest prophet ever," and, Moses, certainly "the Great Lawgiver," and Plato, without question is said to be, "the Founder of Western philosophy," and if Aristotle is known simply as "the Philosopher" by Aquinas, who and what is Cicero? Cicero is perhaps "the most remarkable person" who ever lived?  Maybe?  Perhaps, the greatest writer, statesman, orator, attorney, prosecutor, political and even moral philosopher of all time, all rolled into one?! Overstated? Maybe, maybe not... This question and many, many others will answered be next time, September 10, 2007... So, don't miss it...  

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We have attempted to make the Ultimate Philosophical Timeline, the Philosophical Timeline to end all Philosophical Timelines? Have we?  Maybe, maybe not.  But probably pretty close... It all starts in the lower right hand corner with Abraham ca. 1900 BC and then on to Moses ca. 1300/1550 BC and then David ca. 1000 BC, to Plato and Socrates with Socrates death in 399 BC (400 BC on the chart). Then to the upper left corner, Aristotle to Cicero (d. 43 BC) to the radical skeptic Sextus Empiricus (fl. 2nd c. AD), to Nicaea in very small print above 325 AD, to Augustine d 430, to Magna Carta 1215, (the more organic development of modern political philosophy), to Luther in 1517, to Lex Rex (of Samuel Rutherford), to the great John Locke (1632-1704), to 1776 and the American founding and Declaration with a vision of the "City of God" / City on a Hill (also 1776 is the death of the infamous atheist, skeptic, materialist humanist Hume), to 1787 (not 1887 as previously misprinted, please note earlier typo mistake here!) and the America Constitution, to the 1950s and in small print Paul Tillich, the infamous radical liberal, atheist "theologian," to the infamous postmodern meltdown of the 1960s which we have speculated (or have hoped) will end by 2010 with an arrow pointing to a bright future the other side of the end of this current dark amoral 1960s era.  The chart took final form with Program 173 marker board>>>  Program 173 Photo


Program 173:

Cicero & the Stoics, and the Philosophical Timeline to end all Philosophical Timelines? Part III

The Ultimate Timeline takes serious shape and close to final form today... (This is starting to enter the stratosphere, of all history?)

Marker board photo>>> Program 173 Photo   At 8:23 minutes not covetousness but envy along with shamelessness and spite are flat wrong in Aristotle (spiritually speaking, as it were) and in moral action not lying, stealing, and adultery (as I mistakenly say), but rather lying, murder, and adultery are flat wrong without excess or deficiency (not deficit as I have also mistakenly said), or simply to the left or right as the Old Testament says. In any case, this moral action along with, or in combination with, one's spiritual state (in effect) in Aristotle will become the stock 'n trade of Jesus and Paul, in spades, in just 4 centuries, or so. And at 28:18 minutes, the 3 three main philosophical options of the 20th century as well as of antiquity are the 2 humanisms of materialistic humanism and spiritual humanism (or, that is, spiritual liberalism), and both of these humanisms oppose the third option classical rational moral truth or rational moral theism. At 32:19 I mean to say "1787" not "1778," and at 36:36 I mean to say the law is king, not God, though, no doubt, God is over all areas of our lives.


Program 172:

Cicero & the Stoics, and the Philosophical Timeline to end all Philosophical Timelines? Part II


Rational Moral Truth is the right (or rational), and is of the Good (or the moral, really) and the True (that is, true truth!)!!! Yes or no? This is "hard ball," the gloves are off!!! Today, we pretty much "take down" every humanist. People ask me all the time, "Donít you feel sorry for these characters?" And the answer is, "No, I don't! Not an ounce of sympathy for any of them, sorry!"  (But I will speak of "the lovingkindnesses of the Lord"!!!) 


In any case, our ultimate Philosophical Timeline slowly takes shape... Program 172 Photo, and we go on today to larger historical themes and back to the marker board, and to where and why Cicero, the next figure we will look at, fits in and is important. At 26:30 minutes I should say the 2 Roman consuls served 1 year in office, if I am not mistaken, not several, and we go from there to modern political themes, some of which develop organically, as it were, in medieval and modern historical situations and some harken back, clearly, to a host of themes from antiquity, both Greek and Roman, as well as Hebrew and Christian. (We are trying to get "everything" in, more or less, anyway, in this timeline.)