Greek Intellectual Themes

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Unformatted text preview: Greek Intellectual Themes: Myth --> Rational Explanations When they talked about philosophy over wine at symposiums Used reason to explain the world Greeks understood human passions but they still stressed reason "The Golden Mean" Through reason (you should not pursue anything to extremes- personal pride, passion etc) You can only find this if you are willing to explore Question all traditions Among discussions the most central question was "What is the ultimate reality?" Change reality (nothing ever stays the same) vs. permanence Truth itself is relative There are certain things that are eternal truths Ontology and epistemology ^The philosophical question of the nature of being Epistemology is the classic question: how do you know what you know about anything Ex: how do you know you are awake right now and not dreaming Greek Polytheism Zeus Athena (wisdom) Nike (victory) Apollo (music, poetry) and Artemis (hunt) Dionysus (fertility and wine) (each god represented a part of the natural world) Pre-Socratic philosophers: studied the material world Heraclitus (c. 535- 475 B.C.E.): reality consists only of Heraclitus (c....
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course HIST 151 taught by Professor Hunziker during the Spring '07 term at UNC.

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