PHIL310     Ancient Philosophy
Semester:Fall 2013
Instructor: Rachel Singpurwalla
Room:TYD 1102
Meeting Times:2:00pm - 2:50pm

In this course we will study a selection of works by Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic philosophers – Epicureans, Stoics, and Skeptics.  Our goals will be understand the views and arguments put forward in the readings and to critically evaluate those views and arguments.  Questions that we will address include: what is the best life possible for human beings?  Is there an objective answer to this question?  If so, what facts must we appeal to in order to answer it?  And how can we know that we have the right answer? Students can expect to come away from this course with a basic understanding of the major schools of thought in ancient Greek philosophy and with sufficient background to take upper-level courses on a single figure or single text of the classical or Hellenistic period.