Fall 2011

Ancient Philosophy

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-217

Formerly listed as: PHIL-17


Jyl Gentzler (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 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Gentzler.

If Overenrolled: Priority to majors, then on the basis of seniority and enrollment at Amherst.


Writing attentive


2015-16: Offered in Fall 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014


Submitted by Jyl Gentzler on Thursday, 9/8/2011, at 8:15 AM

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