Academic Catalog 2022–2023

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PHL201 Ancient Philosophy: From the Pre-Socratics to the Epicureans and the Stoics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course examines the roots of Western philosophy in Ancient Greece, and serves as a broad introduction to philosophy. While emphasis will be placed on the works of Plato and Aristotle, the renewed appreciation of the depth of pre-Socratic thought and the value of post-Aristotelian thought will also be given their due. In the process, themes such as the origins of the universe, the nature of reality, the basis of our knowledge, the good life and society, and the handling of misfortune will be discussed.