Ancient (greco-Roman) Philosophy and Its Relevancy


This course introduces students to the revolutionary conceptual accomplishments of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Starting with the pre-Socratic philosophers, the class traces out the development of philosophy through Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, up to the Roman Stoics and ending with the Neo-Platonism of Plotinus. Students will not only learn about the development of philosophy in ancient Greece and Rome but also the fertile interaction and tension between philosophy and the birth of the natural sciences, mathematics, democracy and the arts. A primary goal of the course is to show students that although we are historically separated from Greco-Roman philosophy by 2000 years, many of its leading concepts are more relevant now than ever before. PMI




History and Philosophy