Fall 2007

Ancient Philosophy

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-17


Gareth B. Matthews (Section 01)


An examination of the origins of Western philosophical thought in Ancient Greece. We will consider the views of the Milesians, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Protagoras, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Particular attention will be paid to questions about the nature, sources, and limits of human knowledge; about the merits of relativism, subjectivism, and objectivism in science and ethics; about the nature of, and relationship between, obligations to others and self-interest; and about the connection between the body and the mind. Limited to 30 students. First semester. Visiting Professor Matthews of the University of Massachusetts.