Philosophical Classics I: Ancient Western Philosophy|
Spring 2023 not offered
COL 359, CLST 217|
This course provides an overview of the development of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, from its inception in the 6th century BCE through to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Epicureans, and the Stoics. 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. Our focus in class will be on the close analysis of primary texts. Students must be willing to engage with readings that are fascinating but at the same time dense, difficult, and perplexing. The course requires no prior experience in philosophy and should be of equal interest to students who are pursuing or intend to pursue other majors.
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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: |
3-4 page paper of argument analysis on Plato; midterm exam (3-4 weeks before end of semester); journal entries for various "Live Like a Philosopher" exercises; final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Philosophy requires thoughtful discussion with others and a close engagement with ideas. Careful reading of each day's assignments and participation in class will be expected, and will play a role in determining your class participation grade.
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