PHIL 101 - History of Western Philosophy: Ancient
Semester Offered: Fall and Spring
101a: The course concentrates on the ethical and metaphysical thought of Plato and Aristotle. We consider their answers to two questions that both see as intimately connected: What is a good life for a human being? And: what is it for something to exist? Jeffrey Seidman.
101b: This course provides an introduction to Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the Stoics of the Roman Empire, focusing on ancient views of eudaimonia, or happiness–the ultimate goal of a human life. Readings include Plato’s Socratic dialogues, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, the letters of Epicurus, and Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. Christopher Raymond.
Two 75-minute periods.
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