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Ancient Philosophy (NCHPH530)

30 Credits

The Ancient Philosophy course surveys ancient Greek philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the post-Aristotelian schools, with most attention paid to Plato and Aristotle, and in particular the Phaedo, Republic, Physics and De Anima.  

Topics covered belong mainly to epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of mind.  There is a focus on the evolution of philosophy as a discipline with a distinctive method, particularly as shaped by Socratic practice.  Aristotle’s work is considered as a critical response to Plato’s, especially in metaphysics and philosophy of mind, but also about pre-Socratic thinkers.  

The unit opens with Heraclitus and Parmenides and concludes with the epistemological controversies of the Stoics and Sceptics.

Members of the NCH Philosophy faculty who have a special interest in the debates related to value theory include Dr David MitchellDr Christoph SchuringaDr Brian Ball, and Professor A C Grayling.