Spring 2009


Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-49


Jyl Gentzler (Section 01)


For hundreds of years, Aristotle was known simply as “The Philosopher.” Indeed, in many ways, Aristotle defined the scope and methods of Western Philosophy. We will consider Aristotle’s reasons for fixing the boundaries of philosophy where he did. In addition, we will examine Aristotle’s main doctrines concerning language and reality, scientific method and the structure of scientific knowledge, the nature of “things,” the nature of life and living organisms, the relationship between soul and body, the nature of human action, the connection between human virtue and happiness, and the ways in which his views are based on, and challenge, our ordinary ways of regarding the world around us. Requisite: One course in Philosophy or conesent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Gentzler.