Thinking Like A Greek (PHI2122.01)

Catherine McKeen

The Mediterranean Greeks of the 4th-6th c. BCE powerfully shaped the political, cultural, and intellectual worlds we inhabit today. The Greeks are credited with inventing democracy, drama, spectator sports, and astronomy, physics, biology, musical theory, history, and philosophy as areas of study. Various Greek thinkers championed free inquiry, global citizenship, radical equality, and vegetarianism. At the same time, the Greek world was marked by male supremacy, slavery, and imperialism. In this course, we will immerse ourselves in the intellectual ferment of Classical Greece. We will engage with Greek thinkers on a range of topics related to nature, culture, ethics, knowledge, reality, and the divine. Readings will include primary texts (in English translation) by Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, and from the Cynic, Epicurean, and Stoic intellectual movements.

Learning Outcomes:
• De-coding and making sense of primary source texts
• Developing your ideas and a compelling argument in writing using appropriate evidence
• Considering and examining ideas, philosophical views, and the support for those views

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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