Term: Fall 2019 - Full Term (08/26/2019 - 12/09/2019)
Times & Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|8/26/2019||12/9/2019||MW||3:40pm - 5:00pm||HS 202|
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.