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Ancient Egyptian Philosophy

Phil 170

Dr. Patrick Goodin

What was the character of ancient Egyptian thought? How did Egyptian though influence the development of Greek thought? How did the ancient Greeks view the ancient Egyptians? How do modern scholars view the Egyptians? These are some of the questions that will determine the shape of this course.

In order to address these questions, the curse is divided into three parts. In part one, we will take up the general question of the nature of philosophical thought and its origins. Did philosophy first emerge in Greece or in Egypt? We will concentrate on the works of important Greek authors and Herodotus (5thC, B.C.) in particular whose “book [on Egypt} was still the standard travel guide [to Egypt} in the nineteenth century.” In part two, we examine translations of some of the important works of the ancient Egyptians themselves. We shall try to determine what the Egyptians themselves thought on the basis of the written texts they have left behind. In the third part of the course, we turn to modern views of Egyptian thought. These views are based on both the legacy of the Greeks and the deciphering of the texts written in hieroglyphic. In this final part of the course, we will compare ancient views of the Egyptians with these modern views and consider in what ways they impact our understanding of the ancient Egyptian texts we have studied.


African American Philosophy
Afro-Caribbean Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Classical Ethics
Comparative Philosophy: Philosophical Explanations of Evil Across Cultures
Current Topics: Philosophy and Ethics of Appropriate Technology and Development
Current Topics: Africana Philosophy and Film
Environmental Ethics
Ethics and Public Policy
Ethics of Medical Care
Ethics of Medical Care
History of Africana Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Social Science
Principles of Reasoning
Representative Thinkers
Seminar on Aristotle 
Symbolic Logic


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