This class was tough.
Being a student that has never taken philosophy before, Honors Ancient Philosophy was a class that stretched the limits of my mind and introduced me to countless new ideas. While it was my most difficult course all semester, Ancient Philosophy changed the way I think and analyze texts. I now understand the ideas of Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and many others; the concepts that these writers addressed have carried over into my others courses as well as bettered me as a student. The course also forced me to re-evaluate the way I think and argue, making me organize my thoughts into philosophical hypotheses and supporting arguments.
Honors Ancient Philosophy is often known as the right of passage from first year Honors students, and I now know that it is because the class is so difficult. Despite all the struggles, the course taught me how to think and argue in a better manner, and opened my mind to an entirely new world of thought. I learned about the foundational theories of physics, ethics, justice, and morality that many philosophers began their own arguments with. I was introduced to some of the very first ideas about society and government, as well as the original ideas of happiness and a good life. Although the class required a great deal of dedication, I gained an incredible amount of knowledge from it.
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Advice for students:
Make no mistake, this is a very difficult course. The professor expects students to work hard and earn their grades, but he also treats them like adults and with great respect. Students interested in this course must be ready for a challenge, but should also not stray away from it because of its reputation. To succeed, you have to read the texts thoroughly, take very detailed notes in class, and do extra research to try to understand certain aspects of the reading. As far as papers go, never be afraid to email the professor with questions and drafts; seeing him in person may seem daunting, but doing so will always benefit you. Work hard and never accept defeat, and you will find the class to be rewarding.