An introduction to ancient Greek philosophy through study of Plato, Aristotle, and the most important of the schools of thought that succeeded them (Epicureans, Stoics, and Sceptics). These ancient philosophers set the agenda for many of the questions still thought fundamental to philosophic inquiry, but approached them in a spirit different from that typical of modern philosophy. They thought of philosophy as a way of life; indeed, the best way. Readings will include Plato, Republic (entire); Aristotle, Physics and Ethics (selections); Lucretius, The Way Things Are (entire); and selections from Stoic and Sceptic philosophers.
Fulfills L&S Breadth in Historical Studies or Philosophy & Values.
— The first hour of class (12:30-1:30pm PST) will be a lecture by the instructor and will be delivered ASYNCHRONOUSLY. The lecture will be made available in advance of the posted class time.
— The remaining half-hour of class (TTh 1:30-2:00pm PST) will be SYNCHRONOUS Q&A/ discussion with the instructor, focussed on the content of the lecture. This portion will be separately recorded and posted to bCourses after class, in order to accommodate students in foreign time zones.
— Scheduling conflicts are allowed for students who wish to take classes that conflict with the first hour of class (but not classes that conflict with the final half-hour).
25819 • 101 • W 1:00 - 2:00 • Kyle Ralston
25820 • 102 • W 2:00 - 3:00 • Kyle Ralston
25821 • 103 • Th 9:00 - 10:00 • Sam Stevens
25822 • 104 • Th 11:00 - 12:00 • Sam Stevens