Fall 2018

Ancient Greek 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, Aristotle, the Epicureans, and the Stoics. 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.

Cost: $$16.00 ?

PHIL 217 - L/D

Section 01
M 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM OCTA 200
W 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM OCTA 200
F 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM OCTA 200


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2021