Philosophical Classics I: Ancient Western Philosophy|
Spring 2011 not offered
COL 359, CCIV 217|
This course aims to offer an overview of the development of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, from its inception with Thales to Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic philosophers. In exploring this material, we will touch on all or nearly all of the central concerns of the Western philosophical tradition: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics, aesthetics, religion, and logic. The focus will be on close analysis of primary texts. Students must be willing to engage with readings that are fascinating but at the same time dense, difficult, and often perplexing.
Logical Reasoning, Writing
This course will focus on developing students' logical reasoning capabilities through careful textual analysis in written assignments and in class discussion.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CLST-History, P)(COL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Presocratic philosophers, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic philosophers.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Pop quizzes, argument analysis, two papers, class participation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Philosophy requires thoughtful discussion. Careful reading of each day's assignments and participation in class and in discussion sections will be expected and will have a significant part in determining grades.
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