PHIL 288 - Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course is an introductory survey of ancient Greek & Roman philosophy, from its beginnings in the 6th century BCE through the Hellenistic period and first centuries of the Roman empire. All the major movements and figures during this period will be covered: the Presocratics, Sophists, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cyrenaics, Cynics, Epicureans, Stoics, and Sceptics.

Many of the central problems of Western philosophy were first formulated during this period:

  • What is the ultimate nature of reality? Is anything permanent, or is everything in flux? Or is everything relative to our perceptions and beliefs?
  • How should I lead my life? What would be fulfilling? Pleasure? Doing what’s right? Am I free? Or are my actions determined by prior events?
  • Is death something to be afraid of? Is the soul immortal?
  • Is knowledge possible? Can we trust in the reliability of the senses? Or even in the power of reason itself?

Course Requirements:

All assignments and the final exam will be submitted through the course Canvas site. Assignments will be three papers (1 short, two medium) and reading questions.

Schedule

PHIL 288 - Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
29718
Open
15
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
29719
Closed
0
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
29720
Open
8
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
30482
Open
6
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
36362
Open
1
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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