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    Otterbein University
  Feb 20, 2018
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

PHIL 3150 - Greek and Roman Philosophy

Hours: 4
This course will examine some of the major philosophical movements and philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome. The philosophers who flourished in the “classical age” set the agenda for all of western philosophy, and an understanding of the views of these philosophers is crucial for an understanding of all that comes afterwards. From the pre-Socratic philosophers like Thales, Heraclitus, and Parmenides, through Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and their Greek and Roman successors such as Epicurus, Epictetus, Cicero, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius, this course will examine what these philosophers have to say about the good life, ideal political arrangements, the nature of reality, how to respond to human imperfection, the existence and nature of the soul, and the possibility of knowledge.