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1 Proposal: number 119

119. PHIL 140: Ancient Greek Philosophy

Contact:Steven Hicks
Abstract:Philosophy 140, Ancient Greek Philosophy, consists of an intensive textual
analysis of the fragments of the Presocratics, a select number of Plato’s and
Aristotle’s works, and some texts from the Post-Aristotelian schools,
especially Epicureanism and Stoicism. Of course, some time will be spent on
Plato’s works about Socrates. With respect to the Presocratics, the topics to
be covered are the difference between myth and theory, appearance and reality,
and reason and sense-perception. Socrates and the Sophists introduce into
philosophy a distinctly ethical dimension. Thus, the topic will shift from a
discussion about the nature of the universe to a defense of the rational,
ethical life. The course then delves into Plato’s works that deal with his
psychological theory, his epistemology, his theory of Forms, and his views on
the nature of reality in general. Aristotle not only works out many of Plato’s
ideas within his own system, but also gives a new direction to philosophy
towards formalization; therefore, the course will begin by examining his
logical works, then it will focus on his physics and metaphysics, and, lastly,
his psychology. The course ends with a brief look at some of the
Post-Aristotelian philosophical schools: Cynicism, Cyrenaicism, Epicureanism,
and Stoicism.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
PHIL 140 2008-11-24 CV Submitted Dept
PHIL 140 2008-11-24 ET Submitted Dept
PHIL 140 2008-11-24 PI Submitted Dept
PHIL 140 2009-02-04 CV Approved GEAC
PHIL 140 2009-02-04 ET Approved GEAC
PHIL 140 2009-02-04 PI Approved GEAC
PHIL 140 2009-03-12 CV Approved UCC Missing PI
PHIL 140 2009-03-12 ET Approved UCC Missing PI
PHIL 140 2009-04-02 CV Approved Senate
PHIL 140 2009-04-02 ET Approved Senate
PHIL 140 2009-04-02 PI Approved Senate Added PI