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PHIL 0010 / CLAS 0010 Classical Philosophy

This course charts the development of classical western philosophy from the Athenians to Augustine of Hippo, exploring the principal writers in their intellectual and historical context. At the core of this course is reading key works in translation.  The cornerstones of the western intellectual tradition are scrutinised in terms of the specific questions they address, and read as part of a continuing narrative in philosophical culture.

Sample Topics:

  • Plato, Republic, Symposium
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Politics
  • Plotinus, Enneads
  • Proclus, Elements of Theology
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
  • Lucretius, De rerum natura
  • Augustine, Confessions, City of God
Thankful for every moment
I devoured the integral lectures, the seminars, the tea and biscuits, and the charming streets of Oxford. Aided by my tutors, my passion for the human...
Mike Rectenwald, Summer 2000, Geneva College