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PHIL 140: Ancient Greek Philosophy

Steven Hicks

(Submission #119)

Course Description

Philosophy 140, Ancient Greek Philosophy, consists of an intensive textual analysis of the fragments of the Presocratics, a select number of Plato’s and Aristotle’s works, and some texts from the Post-Aristotelian schools, especially Epicureanism and Stoicism. Of course, some time will be spent on Plato’s works about Socrates. With respect to the Presocratics, the topics to be covered are the difference between myth and theory, appearance and reality, and reason and sense-perception. Socrates and the Sophists introduce into philosophy a distinctly ethical dimension. Thus, the topic will shift from a discussion about the nature of the universe to a defense of the rational, ethical life. The course then delves into Plato’s works that deal with his psychological theory, his epistemology, his theory of Forms, and his views on the nature of reality in general. Aristotle not only works out many of Plato’s ideas within his own system, but also gives a new direction to philosophy towards formalization; therefore, the course will begin by examining his logical works, then it will focus on his physics and metaphysics, and, lastly, his psychology. The course ends with a brief look at some of the Post-Aristotelian philosophical schools: Cynicism, Cyrenaicism, Epicureanism, and Stoicism.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Culture and Values (CV)
Context of Experience: European Traditions (ET)
Extended Requirement: Pre-Industrial Society (PI)

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: none
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: Phil. 140
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 2
Number of Seats: 40


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