PHI 1113 – Philosophy from Ancient Times to the Renaissance
An introduction to Western philosophy beginning with Egyptian and Greek thought, their development and transformation during the Hellenic and Roman periods, the Christian impact on philosophy during Medieval Times and the revival of classical philosophy and Neo-Platonism in the Renaissance. We will focus on questions such as: What is philosophy? How can we establish knowledge about reality and the metaphysical, how can we cultivate ourselves and face death? Special emphasis will be given to the critical analysis of and reflection on texts and concepts from Hesiod, the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Zeno, Epicurus, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Picco della Mirandola.
Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding; Textual Analysis.
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