Gordon Gray

Born in the Yukon Territory and spending much of his childhood living on a boat on Canada’s west coast, Gordon Gray received a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the University of California at Los Angeles. After a decade working in broadcasting and college teaching, he changed careers to become an accountant (CGA, CPA), and a sessional instructor with UBC Continuing Studies. After more than two decades in business education, he returned to university to study languages and humanities and received an MA in humanities from SFU in 2013 for his thesis on the 12th-century English ecclesiastic and diplomat, John of Salisbury.

Following a two-year retirement sabbatical in Paris, he is now an independent scholar of the history of philosophy.

Previously taught:

  • Capitalism: A Beginner's Guide (55+)   PLUS224
  • Modern Philosophy: A Beginner’s Guide (55+)   PLUS157
  • Plato and Aristotle: A Beginner’s Guide (55+)   PLUS288
  • Postmodern Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide (55+)   PLUS194
In the 6th century BCE, Greece gave birth to a unique way of thinking. Rather than explaining the world in terms of poetic myths, thinkers began to examine the great questions, such as the origins of the universe, through rational thought. The process was termed 'philosophy,' from the Greek phileo (to love) and sophia (knowledge, wisdom.)

The two major figures of the period are Aristotle and Plato. We will focus on Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Ethics, and explore why, even after two millennia, Platonic and Aristotelian thinking still forms the basis of much intellectual enquiry.

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