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The Athenian Enlightenment: The Birth of Philosophy in 5th-Century Athens
COL 295
Spring 2011 not offered
Crosslisting: PHIL 251, CCIV 295

This course will investigate the origins of philosophy as an intellectual discipline in 5th-century Athens, one of the richest periods of cultural and political innovation in human history. Of special interest to thinkers during this period was the proper use of speech and language (Greek: logos). Our aim will be to understand philosophy as a mode of discourse responding to other new modes of discourse in this creative period. Readings will focus on the dialogues of Plato, studying these texts alongside path-breaking works of contemporary history and drama by Herodotus, Thucydides, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophones.

Essential Capabilities: Logical Reasoning, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)

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