Ch 5: CSET English: Overview of Philosophy

About This Chapter

Take advantage of the resources provided in this chapter when preparing for the CSET English Subtest I. This philosophy chapter includes engaging video lessons and self-assessment quizzes you can use as part of your study plan.

CSET English Subtest I: Overview of Philosophy - Chapter Summary

This chapter's video lessons outline significant figures in the history of Western philosophy. Use them to review the topics listed below and prepare for CSET English Subtest I:

  • Virgil, Horace and Ovid
  • Cicero's history and philosophy
  • Francis Bacon's history, ideas and legacy
  • The Presocratics and the birth of philosophy
  • Platonic idealism and its influence
  • Socrates' life, death and philosophy

The chapter includes video lessons and course transcripts that can help you tackle new material and review familiar topics. There are also self-assessment quizzes that allow you to link back to video content containing the correct answer, which can reinforce your understanding of the material or help you improve in areas requiring additional study.

CSET English Subtest I: Overview of Philosophy Course Objectives

Aspiring English teachers in California must demonstrate their academic preparedness by passing the CSET English Subtest I along with three other subtests. The first exam in the series includes 10 multiple-choice questions covering a composition and rhetoric content area and 40 multiple-choice questions covering a literature and textual analysis content area.

Content included in this chapter might be useful in helping you address some of the topics covered by the latter domain, which asks you to interpret literature using various philosophical approaches or identify the philosophical contexts informing an author's work. The lessons could also help you answer questions addressing classical poetry.

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: CSET English: Overview of Philosophy
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Augustus' Propagandists: Virgil, Horace and Ovid

1. Augustus' Propagandists: Virgil, Horace and Ovid

This lesson explores the role of poetry in Augustus' rise to power. We look at the contributions of Virgil and Horace, two poets brought to Augustus' aid by his friend Maecenas. We also look at the legacy of Ovid, a poet who seems to have raised the emperor's ire.

Cicero: History & Philosophy

2. Cicero: History & Philosophy

This lesson recounts the life and accomplishments of Cicero. We follow his political career through the collapse of the Roman Republic. We take a look at his philosophy. Finally we examine his legacy in western civilization.

Francis Bacon: History, Ideas and Legacy

3. Francis Bacon: History, Ideas and Legacy

This lesson examines the contributions of Sir Francis Bacon to science. We take a long hard look at the scientific method, with special emphasis on experimental science. Then we briefly examine how Bacon sold science to the world.

The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

4. The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

This lecture covers the advent of philosophy. It first differentiates philosophy from religion, drawing parallels to modern science. It then establishes the basic questions of Presocratic philosophy: What is matter? and What causes change? The rest of the lecture demonstrates how these questions developed as they were tackled by generations of Presocratic philosophers. Finally, it makes plain our incredible debt to the Presocratics.

Platonic Idealism: Plato and His Influence

5. Platonic Idealism: Plato and His Influence

This lecture examines the philosophy and legacy of Plato. It covers the Allegory of the Cave, the Realm of Forms and Plato's views on politics and the soul. Finally, it shows Plato's enduring legacy in modern science.

Socrates: Life, Death and Philosophy

6. Socrates: Life, Death and Philosophy

This lecture is a whirlwind tour through the life of Socrates. It begins with an explanation of the Socratic problem, followed by an examination of his philosophy. The lecture ends with a summary of Socrates' legacy.

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