PHIL 610 - Seminar in History of Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In the popular imagination, Stoicism is associated mainly with ethics, due to the surviving works of later Stoics such as Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. But the early Stoics, who were active during the Hellenistic period (late 4th – 1st c. BCE), were no less influential in their time for their philosophy of mind, language, and action. They changed not only the vocabulary used by all philosophical schools in later antiquity, but the very terms of debate. The effects of this shift can still be felt today. Our own discussions of propositional attitudes and mental representations have developed within a framework established by early modern philosophers, from Descartes through Hume, who were themselves profoundly influenced by the debates in Hellenistic philosophy, especially those between Stoics and Sceptics.

The most significant change the Stoics introduced was to regard every psychological state as fundamentally involving a representation (phantasia) of the world?—?not only our perceptions, beliefs, and thoughts, but also our passions, desires, and intentions. The content of these representations — what they called “lekta,” literally what can be said or meant, certain abstract objects that exhibit many of the syntactic and semantic features of language — allows reasoning, deliberation, and argument. As rational creatures, we need not be carried along by our impressions as animals are, but through reflection and deliberation can endorse or reject these views of the world, or withhold our commitment entirely. This framework provides them with the basis for a strongly unified and systematic treatment of mental states, in close connection with the language used to report and express them?—?an emphasis only intimated in the works of Plato and Aristotle.

Course Requirements:

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Intended Audience:

Graduate students

Class Format:

There will also be an extra meeting of one hour each week for those who have some facility Greek, in order to translate and discuss selections of the original text together. (These meetings are obligatory for students enrolled in GREEK556.)

PHIL 610 - Seminar in History of Philosophy
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001 (SEM)
P
28426
Open
10
10Graduate Standing
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Th 4:00PM - 6:30PM
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