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Title: PHIL 201-01, Ancient Philosophy (in the West), Fall 2006
Authors: O'Sullivan, Brendan
Keywords: Philosophy, Department of;Syllabus;Curriculum;Academic departments;Text;2006 Fall
Issue Date: 24-Aug-2006
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Rhodes College
Series/Report no.: Syllabi CRN
Abstract: Philosophy 201, Ancient Philosophy, is a discussion/lecture course that surveys some of the main issues discussed by three ancient Greek philosophers: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Among the questions these philosophers examined were: What is the nature of the good life for human beings? What is virtue? What is justice? Why should an individual be just? From these broadly ethical concerns both Plato and Aristotle were led to advance substantive accounts of the nature of knowledge and of reality. After beginning with a look at Socrates' philosophy as represented in Plato's early dialogues, we turn to a critical examination of Plato and Aristotle. Secondary attention will be paid to Plato and Aristotle's predecessors, the so-called Early Greek philosophers. The emphasis throughout will be on understanding, analyzing and evaluating the arguments of these philosophers. Minimal attention will be given to cultural and historical setting. The course will not presuppose any familiarity with ancient Greek philosophy or with philosophical methodology.
Description: This syllabus was submitted to the Rhodes College Office of Academic Affairs by the course instructor.
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