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PHIL 109: Topics in Ancient Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle on Art and Rhetoric (PHIL 209)

Plato's and Aristotle's views on the nature of art and rhetoric and their connections with the emotions, reason and the good life. Readings include Plato's Gorgias, Ion and parts of the Republic and the Laws and Aristotle's Poetics and Rhetoric.
Last offered: Autumn 2011 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum | Repeatable for credit

PHIL 109A: Special Topics in Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle's Metaphysics Zeta (PHIL 209A)

Last offered: Autumn 2015 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II | Repeatable for credit

PHIL 109B: Greek philosophers read their ancestors: Intro to the ancient reception of Presocratic philosophy (PHIL 209B)

The first Greek philosophers are known to us only through fragments of their original works, generally few in number and transmitted by later authors, as well as through a set of testimonies covering a thousand years and more. Thus it is crucial, in order to understand archaic thought, to get a sense of how they were read by those to whom we owe their transmission. What was their aim, their method, their presuppositions or prejudices?nn The course will employ this perspective to examine authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Theophrastus, Diogenes Laertius, Simplicius ¿ among others. We shall also reflect, on the basis of the paradigmatic case of the Presocratics, on some of the more general problems raised by literary and philosophical approaches to the notion of reception.
Last offered: Spring 2014 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum

PHIL 110: Plato's Republic (PHIL 210)

We shall examine this complex and fascinating dialogue in detail, comparing it with other relevant Platonic texts, focusing on its ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, and political philosophy. We shall examine the connections that Plato sees between these different areas of philosophy, and consider some of the strengths and weaknesses of his overall argument.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum

PHIL 111: Aristotle's Logic (PHIL 211)

Last offered: Winter 2016 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum

PHIL 113: Hellenistic Philosophy (PHIL 213)

Epicureans, skeptics, and stoics on epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and psychology.
Last offered: Winter 2008 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum

PHIL 117: Descartes (PHIL 217)

(Formerly 121/221.) Descartes's philosophical writings on rules for the direction of the mind, method, innate ideas and ideas of the senses, mind, God, eternal truths, and the material world.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum

PHIL 118: British Empiricism, 1660s-1730s

Focus is on the big three British Empiricists and their developments of thought based on the foundational role that they give to sensory perception or experience as the source of knowledge. Topics may include the theory of ideas, idealism, personal identity, human agency, moral motivation, causation, and induction. Readings predominantly from Locke, Berkeley, and Hume.
Last offered: Spring 2007 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum

PHIL 119: Rationalists (PHIL 219)

Developments in 17th-century continental philosophy. Descartes's views on mind, necessity, and knowledge. Spinoza and Leibniz emphazing their own doctrines and their criticism of their predecessors. Prerequisite: 102.
Last offered: Winter 2013 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum

PHIL 120: Leibniz (PHIL 220)

A polymath, Leibniz invented the calculus independently of Newton and made major contributions to virtually every science, including logic and computer science. In this course, we investigate Leibniz's philosophical system and its metaphysics: that God created the best of all possible worlds; that humans freely choose actions that are nevertheless pre-established; that space and time are idealizations and `imaginary'; and that true, fundamental reality consists of minds.
Last offered: Winter 2018 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum
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