Ancient Greek Philosophy (PHIL*2140) | College of Arts

Ancient Greek Philosophy (PHIL*2140)

Code and section: PHIL*2140*01

Term: Fall 2022

Instructor: John Hacker-Wright


Method of Delivery:

The course will meet in-person. We will read and discuss texts from the ancient Greek philosophical tradition together. 

Course Synopsis:

This course will introduce the basic concepts of ancient Greek philosophy through careful reading of the original texts in English translation. There will be three units covering, respectively, the early pre-Socratic thinkers who invented Greek philosophy, Socrates and Plato, and Aristotle. The course will emphasize mastery of the concepts developed by each thinker which they use to convey their distinctive understanding of reality and the place of human beings within it. We will aim for a robust sense of the full range of ancient philosophical thinking. Our course will cover ancient Greek understandings of nature, reality, truth, ethics, and politics.

Assignments & Means of Evaluation:

  • Quizzes (roughly weekly) - 30%
  • Mid-term - 30%
  • Final exam - 40%

Required Textbooks:

All readings will be provided on-line.

* Please note:  This is a preliminary web course outline only.  The Philosophy Department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.