Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
12 April 2019
Requisites for this module
This module provides an advanced introduction to ancient philosophy. We will look in detail at central works by Plato and Aristotle, introducing key themes in their ethics, epistemology and metaphysics. We will end the course by looking briefly at the different Hellenistic schools that flourished after Aristotle.
The course will be centred on four key texts: Plato's Meno, Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Physics and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. All of these texts are extremely rich and it will be impossible to cover all the topics they raise. We will focus on a selection of key passages and topics, exploring the passages carefully enough to assess the various arguments presented and see what different interpretations of the texts are possible. In engaging closely with the texts, students will also become familiar with the philosophical style and methodological orientations of Plato and Aristotle.
The aims of the module are:
• to introduce students to selected texts in ancient Greek philosophy;
• to make students aware of key arguments and theories by Plato and Aristotle;
• to promote a historical sense in relation to the texts;
• to develop powers of exposition and analysis of unfamiliar patterns of thought;
• to give students an idea of the place of Greek thought in the development of Western philosophy.
By the end of the module, students should be able in their essays and examination answers to:
• expound in their own words selected passages from ancient philosophic texts;
• expound and criticize theories and arguments covered in the module;
• articulate and assess some of the differences between Greek and contemporary forms of philosophical thinking
Incoming Study Abroad students must have already taken an introductory module in Philosophy at their home institution.
1 x one-hour lecture each week followed by a two-hour discussion and reading seminar at which issues covered in the lecture will be discussed. Week 21 is Reading Week.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Week 17 500 word commentary
||Week 18 500 word commentary
||Week 19 500 word commentary
||Week 20 500 word commentary
||Essay Plan (600 words) & short review of secondary literature
||Essay: 2500 words
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ellisif Wasmuth
Dr Thomas Joseph Stern
University College London
Available via Moodle
Of 27 hours, 27 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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