2016 Graduate Seminar in Ancient Philosophy
Plato and Aristotle
Tuesdays 2.30-5.30pm • BUCH D324
Instructor: Michael Griffin
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.
Syllabus and Schedule