PHIL 570 (01) - Ancient Philosophy

Durham   Liberal Arts > Philosophy
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2019 - Full Term (08/26/2019 - 12/09/2019)
Class Size:   35  
CRN: 12341
Development of Western philosophy from its beginnings in Greece to the Roman period, with particular emphasis on the thought of Plato and Aristotle. Attention is paid to the historical context and the development of ideas in culture.
Equivalent(s): PHIL 570H
Attributes: Humanities(Disc)
Instructors: Charlotte Witt

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2019 12/9/2019 MW 3:40pm - 5:00pm HS 202
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Socrates, who lived in Athens in the 5th Century BCE, marks the beginning of the new way of thinking in the Western tradition called “philosophy.”  Hypatia, a prominent woman philosopher and mathematician, who lived in Alexandria in the 4th Century CE, marks the end of the fruitful and interesting period of thought we call “ancient philosophy.”  Both Socrates, who was executed by the city-state of Athens, and Hypatia, who was killed by a mob, illustrate the power of free thinking individuals, and the danger they sometimes face in pursuing rational thought about the universe and how we ought to live.  Using these two figures as bookends for the course, we will follow the development of ancient philosophy from its origins.