History of Ancient Philosophy
When did we start to ask philosophical questions and how did we first try to answer them? This course examines the origins of Western philosophy in ancient Greece, covering the Presocratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and the main Hellenistic schools (Epicureans, Stoics, and Skeptics). We will discuss some basic questions in the core areas of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Metaphysics: What are the fundamental entities in the world? What is the nature of the soul? Is there an afterlife? Do we have free will? Epistemology: What is knowledge? What can be known? Can we acquire knowledge through perception? Ethics: Can moral beliefs be justified? Does morality always conflict with self-interest? What makes someone a good or bad person? What is the nature of a good life?