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PHILOSOPHY 20 Ancient Philosophy Michael Epperson CSUS Office: Sequoia Hall # 312 Fall 2007 Telephone: 278-4535 M W F 9:00 – 9:50, Alpine 138 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. by Appointment Description In this course we will examine the origin of Western philosophy by carefully surveying ancient Hellenic theories of knowledge and existence. Our survey will begin with the Milesian School, continue through the pre-Socratic philosophers and Plato, and conclude with the philosophy of Aristotle. Requirements Our work will primarily be lecture and discussion, so both careful attention to the readings and class participation will be crucial for a lively course. Please bring your text to class. There will be two examinations--one take-home mid-term paper and one in-class final--as well as several homework assignments and unannounced short answer quizzes on the readings. All written work must comply with Philosophy Department guidelines, which can be found here: www.csus.edu/phil/req/writing.htm. The departmental grading policy for written work can be found here: www.csus.edu/phil/req/grading.htm. Text Cohen, Curd, and Reeve: Readings In Ancient Greek Philosophy: From Thales To Aristotle (3rd Edition) Hackett, 2005. ISBN 0872207692 Grading Class participation: 15% (2 unexcused absences results in 0%) HW & Quizzes: 25% (These are written pop quizzes on the reading assignments) Mid-term exam: 25% (4-6 page take-home exam/paper) Final exam: 35% (In-class final exam) Lecture Schedule Week 1 9/5 - 9/7 Introduction: Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes Week 2 9/10 - 9/14 Heraclitus Week 3 9/17 - 9/21 Parmenides, Zeno Week 4 9/24 - 9/28 Empedocles, Anaxagoras Week 5 10/1 - 10/5 The Atomists: Leucippus, Democritus Week 6 10/8 - 10/12 Socrates and Plato: Platonic Epistemology, TheaetetusWeek 7 10/15 - 10/19 Platonic Epistemology, continued: Republic Bk. 6, 7California State University Sacramento – Phil 20: Ancient Philosophy – Epperson 2.Week 8 10/22 - 10/26 Euthyphro, Meno, PhaedoWeek 9 10/29 - 11/2 Parmenides- MIDTERM DISTRIBUTED 10/29 Week 10 11/5 - 11/9 Platonic Cosmology:Timaeus - MIDTERM COLLECTED 11/5 Week 11 11/12 Monday: Timaeus, continued: Wrap-up of Plato Wed & Fri: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY Week 12 11/26 - 11/30 Aristotle's Categories: The Bridge between Logic and Being, between Epistemology and Ontology Week 13 12/3 - 12/7 Aristotle's Physics - The Study of Natural Beings in Motion Week 14 12/10 - 12/14 Aristotle's Metaphysics - The Study of Being in General Week 15 12/17 - 12/21 Finals Week (Exam date TBA) Reading Schedule All page numbers refer to Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy, 3rd Edition unless otherwise indicated Week 1 9/5 - 9/7 The Milesians, 8-14 Week 2 9/10 - 9/14 Heraclitus, 24-34 Week 3 9/17 - 9/21 Parmenides, 35-41; Zeno, 59-63 Week 4 9/24 - 9/28 Empedocles, 47-58; Anaxagoras, 42-47 Week 5 10/1 - 10/5 The Atomists: Leucippus, Democritus, 64-71 Week 6 10/8 - 10/12 Plato, Theaetetus (download) Week 7 10/15 - 10/19 Plato, Republic Bk. 6 & 7, 477-528 Week 8 10/22 - 10/26 Euthyphro, Meno, Phaedo; 97-114, 203-281 Week 9 10/29 - 11/2 Parmenides, 604-613 Week 10 11/5 - 11/9 Timaeus, 614-644 Week 11 11/12 Monday: Timaeus, continued: Wrap-up of Plato Wed & Fri: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY Week 12 11/26 - 11/30 Aristotle's Categories: 656-662 Week 13 12/3 - 12/7 Aristotle's Physics: 694-719; On Generation and Corruption, 727-735 Week 14 12/10 - 12/14 Aristotle's Metaphysics - 758-800 Week 15 12/17 - 12/21 Finals Week (Exam date


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