What is the course about?
“All things were together. Then thought came and arranged them.” - Anaxagoras
Reason and reasoning (logic) are taken to be central to Greek Philosophy, but what kinds of reasoning? From the Pre-Socratics via Plato and Aristotle to the Hellenistic schools, different accounts of thinking and reasoning arose, what are some of these accounts and what do they tell us about the role of thinking in Greek Philosophy?
What will we cover?
Pre-socratic (esp. Anaxagoras, Heraclitus and Parmenides) approaches to thinking.
Socratic ‘dialectic/elenchus’ in Plato.
Aristotle’s ‘categorical/syllogistic’ thinking.
The ‘suspension of judgement’ in Sextus Empiricus.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Distinguish between several approaches to thinking & reasoning in Greek Philosophy and assess their wider significance using simple examples.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Introductory, having done any courses on or reading in philosophy will help.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The sessions will follow a ‘seminar’ format with presentations from the tutor with Q&A and group discussion. There may be some brief readings from texts to consider and, depending on the size of the group, some small group activities.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs. If you want to take notes, remember to bring some paper and a pen (or a tablet).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any other civilisations or philosophy classes from September.
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