A study of ancient philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Augustine. Through a close reading of the work of some of the main figures in Greek, Roman, and early Christian philosophy, the course will outline the predominant theories of nature and knowledge at play in ancient philosophy, and evaluate their lasting impact on the Christian world-view.
Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
• Recognize valid and fallacious patterns of logical reasoning
• Synthesize philosophical arguments
• Understand the broad outline of the history of ancient philosophy
• Render a detailed and articulate account of the way in which the Hellenic tradition influenced Christian thought, and how that thought was transformed into something new in the process
Course Details: The pre-Socratics; the Apology of Socrates; Plato on Religion and Politics; Plato on Beauty and the Soul; Aristotle on Logic and Metaphysics; Aristotle on Virtue Ethics; Aristotle on Friendship; Cicero on Friendship; Epicurus and the Epicureans; Zeno and the Stoics; Epictetus and Christianity; Marcus Aurelius and the Roman Empire; Augustine and Neo-Platonism; Boethius
Image: Plato and Aristotle are the central figures in Raphael's "School of Athens". Raphael [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons