philosophygreekssyllabus - PHILOSOPHY OF THE GREEKS...

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01:190:208 MW 5:35-6:55PM LOR-020 Instructor: Prof. Timothy Power, Dept. of Classics Email: [email protected] Office hours: MW 11:30-1, RAB 010; or by appt. This course provides an introduction to philosophy in ancient Greece up to the time of Aristotle (about 600 BCE through 300 BCE). The first third of the semester is devoted to the earliest Greek philosophers, the Presocratics (so called because most lived before Socrates). The second third concerns Socrates and Plato, whose dialogues preserve the unwritten teachings of Socrates (plus much of Plato’s original thought). The final third of the course focuses on Aristotle. Along the way, we will read selected poetic texts that are in dialogue with the philosophical tradition. In my lectures, I will first of all attempt to set the lives and ideas of these philosophers in historical context. This is NOT a course that pretends philosophical thought exists apart from the social and cultural conditions that surround it. Of course, we will also spend plenty of time examining the substance and structure of the Greek philosophers’ writings and arguments in and of themselves. LEARNING GOALS: Students will emerge from the course with a thorough knowledge of the fundamental figures of classical Greek philosophy and a critical appreciation of their major contributions to western and world intellectual and political culture. Requirements:
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This note was uploaded on 09/05/2011 for the course CLASSICS 208 taught by Professor Power during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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