70:256 Ancient Philosophy [Robinson]

Prerequisite: Nil.

The Western philosophical tradition traces its roots to Ancient Greece. This course offers a survey of the history of ancient Greek philosophy, starting with its development by the Milesians, through the dialogues of Plato, and ending with the systematic philosophy of Aristotle (6th to 4th century BCE). We will cover questions such as: What is philosophy, and what is the point of doing it? What is the relation between philosophy and other forms of knowledge such as mathematics? What explains why a beautiful thing is beautiful? What is the ideal political structure of the state, and what makes it ideal? What is the nature of change? Is the soul immortal?

Credit cannot be held for both this course and 70:253 and 70:254.
3 lecture hours per week, one term.

Instructor: Steven Robinson