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Sign up for this course and learn how early Greek philosophy continues to influence modern thought in our society, politics, and religion. You will discover why Greek philosophy is key to in role of reason and inquiry. You will also uncover why the study of philosophy is important for all students to master.
This course examines the beginning of philosophical thought as it arose in Ancient Greece, a phenomenon that lead to the development of science, mathematics, psychology, and a host of others, ultimately forming the intellectual basis of Western Civilization (and to some degree, Catholic theology as well). A significant portion of the class will be devoted to studying the Pre-Socratic philosophers, followed by the Sophists, and ending with an overview of how this culminated in the famous works of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
Week 1 – Introduction
Weeks 2 through 8 – Pre-Socratics
Weeks 9 through 10 – Sophists
Week 11 – Socrates
Weeks 12 through 13 – Plato
Weeks 14 through 15 – Aristotle
Course Materials: All materials provided free by the instructor as downloadable PDF files.
Homework: Homework will involve periodic quizzes involving fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions and two comprehensive exams. Expect to spend around 1 hour per week outside of the classroom on homework.