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Administrative Unit: Humanities 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)
Course Objectives

• To be familiar with the matter and method of ancient western philosophy. • To be familiar with some of the classic texts from ancient philosophy. • To understand the views of some of the giants of ancient philosophy as well as the arguments in support of those views. • To understand the lasting influence ancient philosophy has upon modern philosophy.

Measurable Learning

• Read classic philosophical prose for critical understanding. • Describe and explain the classic issues and problems in ancient philosophy. • Formalize sophisticated philosophical arguments. • Analyze and provide criticism of sophisticated philosophical arguments. • Describe and explain the method of western philosophy and how contemporary philosophy treats the history of philosophy.

Topical Outline:

Instructors may choose to concentrate on one major figure of the period or conduct an historical survey. • Pre-Socratics • Plato - The Historical Socrates - Virtues - Forms - Later Plato’s Criticism of the Forms • Aristotle - Form and Matter - Proofs for God • Stoics 


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Mark Price Date: September 15, 2009
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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