The URL for this syllabus is http://aristotle.tamu.edu/~rasmith/Courses/Ancient/410/. Please check the online version for updates and announcements.
This course surveys the history of philosophy in ancient Greece during the classical period, from about 600 BCE through about 300 BCE. The first third of the course will concern the earliest Greek philosophers, usually called "Presocratics" (since many of them, though not all, lived before Socrates) and the thinkers of fifth-century Athens, including Socrates (469-399 BCE) and the Sophists. The next third will concentrate on Plato (428/7-348/7 BCE), and the last third on Plato's student Aristotle (384/3 BCE-322/21 BCE).
|Exam 1||25%||Sept. 30|
|Exam 2||25%||Nov. 6 (CHANGED)|
|Exam 3||25%||Dec. 15, 1:00 PM|
|Term paper (8-10 pages)||25%||Due Dec. 15|
The schedule of readings and exams below is subject to revision, as necessary, to accommodate the pace of the class better or to accomplish any other really fine and appropriate end. However, I won't move the dates of exams up, and any change in the dates of exams will be announced (both in class and on this web site) at least a week in advance.
|Sept. 2||What's important about ancient Greek philosophy|
|Sept. 4||The origins of Greek philosophy||McKirahan chs. 1-3|
|Sept. 9||Parmenides||McKirahan Ch. 11|
|Sept. 11||Heraclitus||McKirahan Ch. 10|
|Sept. 16||The Fifth Century; the Sophists||McKirahan Chs. 18-19|
|Sept. 18||Socrates||Plato, Apology|
|Sept. 23||Socrates' Method||Plato, Crito, Euthyphro|
|Sept. 30||EXAM 1||Here are sample questions. Check this link periodically: new questions may appear from time to time.|
|Oct. 2||Plato's Theory of Forms||Plato, Meno|
|Oct. 7||Plato's Theory of Forms||Plato, Phaedo|
|Oct. 9||The Soul and the State||Plato, Republic I, II|
|Oct. 14||Justice Defined, in the state and in the soul||Plato, Republic IV|
|Oct. 16||The Equality of Women||Plato, Republic V|
|Oct. 21||Philosophers as Rulers||Plato, Republic V|
|Oct. 23||The Forms and the Education of the Philosopher-Rulers||Plato, Republic VI-VII|
|Oct. 28||Plato's "Late Dialogues"||Plato, Sophist|
|Oct. 30||Plato, continued|
|Nov. 4||EXAM 2 HAS BEEN CHANGED TO NOV. 6||Here are sample questions. Check this link periodically: new questions may appear from time to time.|
|Nov. 6||EXAM 2 (the link leads to sample questions for the exam)|
|Nov. 11||Some Aristotelian Basics: Substance, Essence, Categories, Definitions||Aristotle, Categories 1-5; Metaphysics I.1-2|
|Nov. 13||Causes and Nature||Aristotle, Posterior Analytics II.11; Physics I.1-2, II|
|Nov. 18||Minds||Aristotle, On the Soul I.1, I.4, II.1-4, III.3-8|
|Nov. 20||First Philosophy ("Metaphysics")||Aristotle, Metaphysics I.1-2, IV.1-4, VI, VII.1|
|Nov. 25||Aristotle's conception of the divine||Aristotle, Metaphysics VI.1, XII.1-7|
|Nov. 27-28||THANKSGIVING BREAK|
|Dec. 2||The Purpose of Being Human||Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics I.1-7|
|Dec. 4||Virtue and Virtuous Action||Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics I.13, II|
|Dec. 9||The Best Life||Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics X.6-8|
|Dec. 10-11||Dead days|
|Dec. 15||EXAM 3, 1-3 PM||Sample questions for Exam 3|
|Dec. 15||FINAL PAPERS DUE|
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