CLCIV 388 - History of Philosophy: Ancient
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Theme, WorldLit
Class Misc Info:
This course counts towards the history requirement for Philosophy concentrators. It also counts towards requirements for concentrators in Classical Civilization and, with permission, in Greek and Latin Language and Literature.
Enforced Prerequisites:
One philosophy course with at least a C-.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Knowledge of Greek or Latin is not required.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Many of the central problems of Western philosophy were first formulated in ancient Greece and Rome:

  • What is the ultimate nature of reality? Is anything permanent, or is everything in flux? Or is everything relative to perception or belief?
  • How should I lead my life? Does happiness consist in pleasure? Or virtue? Am I free to choose my actions or are they determined by the world around me?
  • What is the nature of the soul? Is it immortal? Is death something to be afraid of?
  • Is knowledge possible? Can we trust the reliability of the senses? Or of reasoning?

This course is an introductory survey of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, from its beginnings in the 6th century BCE through the Hellenistic period and first centuries of the Roman empire. Readings will be drawn from all the major philosophical movements and figures during this period: the Presocratics and Sophists; Socrates and Plato; Aristotle; the Epicureans, Stoics, and Sceptics. All texts will be read in English translation.

Writing assignments will focus on refining basic skills in philosophical argument and analysis.

CLCIV 388 - History of Philosophy: Ancient
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 019953909X
The first philosophers : the pre-Socratics and sophists, Author: translated with commentary by Robin Waterfield., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2009
ISBN: 0872206335
Five dialogues Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo., Author: Plato; translated by G.M.A. Grube, Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 2nd ed. 2002
ISBN: 0872201368
Republic, Author: Plato ; translated by G.M.A. Grube ; revised by C.D.C. Reeve., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 1992
ISBN: 0691020434
A new Aristotle reader, Author: edited by J.L. Ackrill., Publisher: Princeton University Press 1989
ISBN: 0872203786
Hellenistic philosophy : introductory readings, Author: translated, with introduction and notes, by Brad Inwood and L. P. Gerson., Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company 2. ed. 1997
ISBN: 0195179560
Writing philosophy : a student's guide to writing philosophy essays, Author: by Lewis Vaughn., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2005
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