Fall 2011 Schedule of Courses

PHILOSOPHY 321: ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY

TUESDAY, THURSDAY
SECTION 1, 3:30 - 4:45 P.M.

PROFESSOR ALICIA FINCH

REQUIRED TEXTS
In addition to the required texts listed below, students will be required to access a few readings on Blackboard. With the exception of on-line readings, all required texts are paperbacks published by Hackett Publishing.

Curd & McKirahan (eds.), A Presocratics Reader, 1996 ed.
Cooper & Grube (trans.), Plato: The Trial and Death of Socrates, 3rd ed.
Reeve (trans.), Plato: Republic, 3rd rev. ed.
Irwin & Fine (trans.), Aristotle: Introductory Readings, 1996 ed.
Inwood & Gerson (trans.), Hellenistic Philosophy: Introductory Reading, 2nd ed.

COURSE CONTENT
This course will examine the development of the Western Philosophical tradition from the Presocratics to the Hellenistic Philosophers, with particular emphasis on Plato and Aristotle. We will consider metaphysical questions (e.g., what exists?), epistemological questions (e.g., what can we know?), and ethical questions (e.g., what is the good life?).

COURSE FORMAT
The format of the course will be mostly lecture with some in-class discussion.The requirements for the course are 3 papers (1200-1500 words) on topics assigned by the professor.