2016 Graduate Seminar in Ancient Philosophy
Plato and Aristotle

PHIL 510A
September–December 2016
Tuesdays 2.30-5.30pm • BUCH D324
Instructor: Michael Griffin

Plato and Aristotle in Debate. Lucia della Robbia, Florence

Plato and Aristotle in Debate. Lucia della Robbia, Florence

This seminar will explore methods in the history of philosophy, focusing on close readings of texts by Plato and Aristotle in English translation. We will use Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics as a spine, and read the full work over the course of the term (translation available online via Crisp 2000). Beginning from the Ethics, we will study ancient sources for key ideas in modern ethics (virtue ethics and eudaimonism), epistemology, and metaphysics. Other texts to be studied include Plato’s Republic (books 2, 4, and 5-7) and (optionally) Theaetetus and Aristotle’s Metaphysics.

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