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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHIL 321
Course Title: Ancient Philosophy
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Intensive study of treatises by major philosophers in the ancient world.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered odd Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Any number of surveys of ancient and medieval philosophy.

Collected Dialogues
By Plato (Pantheon Books)
Metaphysics, Physics, De Anima
By Aristotle (The Modern Library College Editions)
Other Hellenistic philosophy as appropriate

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Student critically evaluates philosophical arguments from the ancient period for soundness and validity.
  2. Student draws upon a broad familiarity and understanding of the philosophical literature from the ancient period in order to pose compelling philosophical questions.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Metaphysics
  • The Soul
  • Ethics and the nature of the Good
  • Politics
  • Epistemology

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Mark Price Date: August 31, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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