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"Encounter" by M.C. Escher
CSUS
FALL 2008

Philosophy 25:
Ancient Philosophy


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Michael Epperson
Office: Mendocino Hall #3032
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Marc Cohen, Patricia Curd, CDC Reeve
MReadings in Ancient Greek Philosophy, 3rd Edition

 

 


Socrates

Plato

Aristotle

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time & place

Mondays: 5:30 PM - 8:20 PM
Alpine Hall: Room 212
Office Hours: By appointment

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description

In this course we will examine the origin of Western philosophy by carefully surveying ancient Hellenic theories of knowledge and existence. Our survey will begin with the Milesian school, continue through the pre-Socratic philosophers and Plato, and conclude with the philosophy of Aristotle.

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requirements
Our work will primarily be lecture and discussion, so both careful attention to the readings and class participation will be crucial for a lively course. Please bring your text to class.

There will be two examinations--one take-home mid-term paper and one in-class final--as well as several homework assignments and unannounced short answer quizzes on the readings. All written work must comply with Philosophy Department guidelines, which can be found here. The departmental grading policy for written work can be found here.

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Cohen, Curd, and Reeve: Readings In Ancient Greek Philosophy: From Thales To Aristotle (3rd Edition) Hackett, 2005. ISBN 0872207692

This is available at the university bookstore. Other readings will be made available for viewing or download here.

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Class participation: 15%

(2 unexcused absences results in 0%)

HW & Quizzes : 25% (Homework and pop quizzes on the reading assignments)
Mid-term exam: 25% (4-6 page take-home exam/paper)
Final exam: 35% (In-class final exam)
lecture schedule
Week 1

09/08

Introduction: Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes

Week 2

09/15

Heraclitus

Week 3

09/22

Parmenides, Zeno

Week 4

09/29

Empedocles, Anaxagoras

Week 5

10/06

The Atomists: Leucippus, Democritus

Week 6

10/13

Socrates and Plato: Platonic Epistemology, Theaetetus

Week 7

10/20

Platonic Epistemology, continued: Republic Bk. 6, 7

Week 8

10/27

Euthyphro, Meno, Phaedo

Week 9

11/03

Parmenides- MIDTERM DISTRIBUTED

Week 10

11/10

Platonic Cosmology:Timaeus - MIDTERM COLLECTED

Week 11

11/17

Timaeus, continued: Wrap-up of Plato

Week 12 11/24

Aristotle's Categories: The Bridge between Logic and Being, between Epistemology and Ontology

Week 13

12/01

Aristotle's Physics - The Study of Natural Beings in Motion

Week 14

12/08

Aristotle's Metaphysics - The Study of Being in General

Week 15

12/13 - 12/19

Finals Week (Exam date TBA)

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All page numbers refer to Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy, 3rd Edition unless otherwise indicated

Week 1

09/08

The Milesians, 8-14

Week 2

09/15

Heraclitus, 24-34

Week 3

09/22

Parmenides, 35-41; Zeno, 59-63

Week 4

09/29

Empedocles, 47-58; Anaxagoras, 42-47

Week 5

10/06

The Atomists: Leucippus, Democritus, 64-71

Week 6

10/13

Plato, Theaetetus (download)

Week 7

10/20

Plato, Republic Bk. 6 & 7, 477-528

Week 8

10/27

Euthyphro, Meno, Phaedo; 97-114, 203-281

Week 9

11/03

Parmenides, 604-613

Week 10

11/10

Timaeus, 614-644

Week 11

11/17

Timaeus, continued: Wrap-up of Plato

Week 12 11/24

Aristotle's Categories: 656-662

Week 13

12/01

Aristotle's Physics: 694-719; On Generation and Corruption, 727-735

Week 14

12/08

Aristotle's Metaphysics - 758-800

Week 15

12/13 - 12/19

Finals Week (Exam date TBA)

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