Bruce A. McMenomy, Ph.D. and Christe A. McMenomy, Ph.D. for Scholars Online
2019-20: Tuedays and Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time
3: Tue, Sep 10, 2019
Please read the discussion of the individual and community. We will go over it in class.
Aristotle argued that human beings are political (by which he meant something like social) animals. We do not fare well, normally, as solitary creatures, and certainly human children require a suprisingly long time to become self-sufficient. In every society and culture, there have been different patterns of human association one with another and many different purposes for those associations — political, urban, social, religious, commercial, and so on — and often these different kinds of communities interact with one another in interesting and sometimes unpredictable ways.
We will begin to discuss how these things are related one to another. In the course of the year, we will also consider how they affect other aspects of civilization. How do communities of producers and consumers, for example, change the ways in which resources are created, distributed, and used? How do religious associations interact with political ones or with each other? The complexities of this dimension of human history continue to multiply as we find more and different ways of associating, but from the very beginning it was an important element of our collective natures.
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