Philosophy 320
History of Ancient Philosophy

University of Washington


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320A ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY -- Cohen, Autumn 2007, MWF 2:00 - 3:20, 5 credits. [Priority to Majors]

A survey of the history of ancient Greek philosophy from the Milesians through Aristotle. The course will focus on ancient Greek views of nature and our knowledge of nature. We will trace the development of philosophical themes among the Presocratics and proceed to their development at the hands of Plato and Aristotle. The emphasis throughout will be on understanding, analyzing, and evaluating the arguments of the philosophers. Minimal attention will be given to cultural and historical setting. There will be two in-class exams, a mid-term and a final, which will include both short-answer and essay questions. Topics for the essay questions will be distributed in advance.

Suitable for nonmajors; no prerequisites, although a background in the problems of philosophy as well as elementary logic would be very helpful. Meets Individuals and Societies (I&S) Distribution Requirement.

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