Phil 150 History of Philosophy I

Summer Semester 2012 Evening


INSTRUCTOR  W. Barthelemy


  • The Great Conversation Vol 1, N. Melchart, 5th ed.,OUP
  • Handouts


This is an introduction to the history of philosophy from the 5th century BC to the 13th century. Philosophers and groups of philosophers to be examined include: the Pre-socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Anselm, and St. Thomas Aquinas (there may be others).

Topics and questions to be explored include the nature of humans, the nature of justice and morality, appearance versus reality, what is knowledge? is there a supreme being, and if so, what is the nature of that being?



  • 2-hour mid term – 30%
  • 6 page essay – 20%
  • 2-hour final exam – 40%
  • participation –10%

Note: Philosophy 150 has no prerequisites and may be applied towards the Certificate in Liberal Arts and the Breadth/Humanites requirement.