Philosophy 261: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

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Philosophy 261: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Professor Matthew Strohl

Office: LA 147

Office hours: TR 11-12

Office phone: (406) 243-6234

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Course description:

This course will introduce you to some of the central writings of Plato and Aristotle, and will also include a brief overview of Presocratic and Hellenistic Philosophy. Topics covered in Plato will include Socratic definition, the examined life, Meno’s paradox, the theory of recollection, the theory of forms, the immortality of the soul, challenges to morality, the analogy of city and soul, the tripartition of the soul, and the famous metaphors of the sun, line and cave. Turning to Aristotle, topics covered will include change, nature, hylomorphism, the four causes, soul as first actuality, the Prime Mover, happiness (eudaimonia), virtue, responsibility, and the place of theoretical study in a happy life.

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