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Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
ANCIENT PHIL
CLASS CODE: PHIL 201 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HUMANITIES & PHILOSOPHY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Letters requirement.

DESCRIPTION: An examination through leading texts of the historical development of western philosophy from Greek antiquity through the Middle Ages.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: The history of philosophy is the core of any history: it is the story of the hearts and minds of the thinkers that shaped the world. The purpose of this course is to help you to appropriate that story, to make it your own.
This course may include any or all of the following: Pre-Socratic philosophers (including Thales, Anaximander, Heraclitus, Pythagoras, Parmenides, the atomists, and the Sophists), Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicureanism, stoicism, skepticism, Neoplatonism, Augustine, Anselm, Maimonides, Aquinas, and William of Ockham.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: In this course students will:
1. Be able to give a good account of self regarding ancient and medieval philosophy.
2. Be able to explain the key concepts and arguments of the most significant philosophers from Greek antiquity onwards.
3. Be able to explain how each of these philosophers responded to or was influenced by his predecessors.
4. Be able to explain how each of these philosophers both reflects and shapes the popular ideas and institutions of his day.
5. Learn not only to articulate these philosophers' theories and arguments but to evaluate them and to discern their implications for our modern world-view.
6. Begin to articulate own philosophical views about reality, knowledge, truth, morality, beauty, God, and humanity.
7. Be an informed and engaged listener in the great conversation that is western philosophy.
8. Improve thinking.
9. Watch the masters at work in the craft of thinking, imitating them, trying to follow their moves, tracing the lineaments of their thoughts.
REQUIREMENTS: Class Discussion
Reading
Quizzes
Objective and Essay Exams
Analytic, Synthetic, and Critical Essays
Oral Exams
Scholarly Research Paper
PREREQUISITES: None but an inquiring mind and a willingness to study hard and participate actively.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1999