Lesson 1 (from Epigraph)
The Epigraph discusses deeply philosophical issues that are at the core of Western civilization from antiquity. This lesson discusses what is meant by the terms "nature" and "natures," and how these terms are significant to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
1) Individual Assignment: The idea of nature and natures are discussed and debated since the time of the pre-Socratic philosophers. Outline the basic history of the idea, and be sure to discuss Plato's concept of the Idea or Form (the immaterial nature of a thing being more real than what can be experienced with the senses). How do the ideas of nature and natures show themselves in history, philosophy, and especially in literature? Who are some other thinkers and authors that have had a significant impact on the concepts of natures?
2) Lecture: Explain empiricism to the students and how it arose in the Age of...
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