Attend In Person OR Online
About 2600 years ago, an "Intellectual Revolution" shifted Greek thinking from mythic world descriptions to observational ones. The first group of thinkers in this new era lived in eastern Greece and started new directions in math and sciences. The next group, notably including Pythagoras, moved from eastern to western Greece and into theological inquiries. Pythagoras's philosophy meshed mathematical, moral, and theological ideas and influenced Plato and the development of Western philosophy for 1000 years. Here, we encounter new ethical, rhetorical, and logical modes of thought along with the diverse views of the Cynics, Hedonists, Sophists, and Stoics. We'll read Plato's Symposium – featuring Socrates – which vividly presents his iconic theory of Ideas and Aristotle's key ethical ideas. It will be a fascinating and illuminating journey through the diverse landscapes that enabled the development of Western philosophic thinking to flourish.
Hybrid Course Format
- All classes will be delivered in-person and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
- In-person classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited by classroom capacity and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All students attending on-campus will observe the relevant University of Arizona policies designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (more information here). Students who enroll to participate in person will also have complete online access to the course, including all class recordings.
- Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. Students may also access class recordings for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
Registration Will Open Online:
Monday, August 29, 2022, at 8 AM (AZ Time)
- Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy: From Thales to Aristotle, 5th ed., ed. S. Marc Cohen, Patricia Curd, & C.D.C. Reeve. Hackett Publishing Co. 2016, Paper.
- Additional readings available on the HSP learning portal.