Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The aim of this course is to introduce undergraduates to the major figures in ancient Greek philosophy and thereby offer a path of entry into the practice of philosophy itself. We will proceed slowly and try to read shorter works, concentrating on the language and style of each philosopher and attuning ourselves to the ways in which style itself determines philosophy. Part of our project will be to re-think what philosophy is and purports to be (especially as this relates to themes of literature, poetry, and criticism).
We will begin by reading the works of pre-Socratic philosophers, especially Anaximander, Heraclitus and Parmenides, and will then focus on the dialogues of Plato and the work of Aristotle. Background will be provided through lectures when necessary (especially at the outset), but the focus of our class will be close textual readings with discussion and questions.
McKirahan, Early Greek Philosophy
Plato, Phaedrus; The Republic; Symposium Aristotle, Selected Writings (selections from Ethics and Metaphysics) + Course Pack
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Two five-page papers
One In-Class Presentation