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Ancient Greek Philosophy

Phil 170

Dr. Patrick Goodin

It is commonly claimed that philosophy originated in Greece. This claim is becoming increasingly more controversial both in and outside of the academy. Did philosophy originate in Greece? Or is it derivative from Egyptian thought? To understand these questions, we shall try to come up with an understanding of the practice of philosophy in general and of whether there is a “Greek philosophy” in particular.

After considering this, we shall read the Greek philosophers themselves, beginning with the group of thinkers known as the Pre-Socratics and then moving on to a study of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. We will end the course with a brief consideration of the group of thinkers known as the Hellenistic philosophers, who came into prominence after the death of Aristotle.


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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