In the 6th century BCE, Greece gave birth to a unique way of thinking. Rather than explaining the world in terms of poetic myths, thinkers began to examine the great questions, such as the origins of the universe, through rational investigation. This process was termed “philosophy,” from the Greek phileo (love) and sophia (knowledge, wisdom).
The two major figures of this period are Aristotle and Plato. Especially for those with no previous exposure to Greek philosophy, this course will introduce the two thinkers, focusing on Plato’s The Republic and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. We will also explore why, after two millennia, Platonic and Aristotelian thinking still forms the basis of much intellectual inquiry. Along the way, you’ll learn terms that have become part of standard philosophical language (e.g., “epistemology,” “ontology”), giving you the tools for further reading.
Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2015.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.