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Instructor: James Lesher. This course meets TR 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in CW 213.

PHIL 210 is a three-credit course with no pre-requisites. It meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Caldwell room 0213. In PHIL 210 we will explore the development of Greek philosophy from its beginnings in the 6th century BC down to the end of the classical period. The major figures studied will be the Presocratic philosophers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. We will explore such questions as: ‘What factors may have contributed to the onset of Western philosophy and science?’, ‘What were the most important contributions made by the Presocratic thinkers?’, ‘What challenges do we face in determining the nature of Socrates’ philosophical views, and what were his chief innovations?’, ‘What are the main elements of Plato’s philosophy?’ and ‘What were Aristotle’s main contributions to Western philosophy and science?’ The course is intended to serve as an introduction to ancient Greek philosophy, to illuminate the classical origins of modern thought, and to provide experience in the stating and criticism of philosophical arguments. Lecture and discussion. There will be a mid-term exam, a term paper, and the final exam.

Required Text: Cohen, Curd, and Reeve, Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy4th edition. (Earlier editions have different contents and should not be purchased.)