Ancient Greek Philosophy (PHIL 210.001)

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Instructor: Mariska Leunissen. This class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in Caldwell 103.

This course offers an examination of the high-water marks of ancient Greek philosophy, focusing on the Pre-Socratics, Plato and Aristotle. A wide range of philosophical problems will be discussed, including the nature of the world, the possibility and justification of scientific knowledge, the nature of the good life, the organization of the just city, and the immortality of the soul. Attention will be paid to how these problems unfolded in their historical context and to the methodological problems involved in the study of ancient texts. We will also discuss how the ancient treatments of philosophical problems compare to contemporary efforts.

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