PHIL 210.002 – Ancient Greek Philosophy

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Instructor: Larisa Svirsky. This course meets MWF 11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. in CW 105.

This course will involve careful study of the works of Ancient Greek philosophers. We will begin by discussing some Pre-Socratic philosophers, including Heraclitus, Parmenides, and Zeno. Our main focus, however, will be the works of Plato and Aristotle. In particular, we will discuss their responses to questions about what constitutes a good life, the nature of our minds and their relation to the world, what we can know, and what the structure of a just human society might be. Classes will proceed primarily by lecture, but there will be a significant discussion component as well.