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PHIL 212 Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle and After

Aristotle; selections from Hellenistic and Late Antique Philosophy. Recommended as preparation for PHIL 310.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Equivalents: CLST 212


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 212 001Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri13:0014:00

This course is cross-listed with CLST 212. Students can register in either section.

Course Description: Is it possible to be sure that we are living a good human life, come what may? What would it be like to succeed at being a human being, at being ourselves? In the period under consideration in this course (c. 399 BCE-c. 529 CE), the nascent traditions of Greek logic, science, and ethics were turned to the exploration of such fundamental questions as these and spread across the Mediterranean world in the wake of Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire, laying the groundwork for the subsequent development of Western intellectual history. Over this term, we will study Aristotle, the great Hellenistic schools of ancient Athens (Stoics, Epicureans, and Skeptics), and the later ancient synthesis of Greek philosophy under the banner of Plato (Neoplatonism), and their influ and ~

ence on subsequent thought. Focus: Aristotle, Stoics, Epicureans, Skeptics, and Neoplatonists (4th century BCE-3rd century CE).

This course has no prerequisites; beginners are welcome. Equivalent: CLST 212