Instructor: Tamara Fakhoury. This course meets MWF 10:10 – 11:00 a.m. in SC 210.
This course is an introductory level survey of Ancient Greek philosophy. We will examine the origins and development of Western philosophy in Ancient Greece, starting with the Pre-Socratics and ending with Stoic and Epicurean ethics. We will spend most of our time understanding central ideas in Plato and Aristotle. While we will pay due attention to themes in metaphysics and epistemology, we will examine ethics in greater depth. We will discuss a broad range of central philosophical themes over the course of the semester, including justice, virtue, happiness, death, the nature and limits of knowledge, and the fundamental structure of nature. There will be a strong emphasis on classroom discussion and analysis of arguments found in the texts.