[PHIL 200] Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy

An examination of the origins of philosophical reflection in Greek myth, where human self-knowledge emerges from narratives about the gods. This course traces themes of being and becoming, thought and experience, and cyclical time through pre-socratic philosophers like Thales, Heraclitus, and Parmenides to Plato and Aristotle. Many of these thinkers are keenly attuned to the ways in which human thinking and action are embodied social processes that require an interdependence between agents and their social contexts. Finally, we examine some major Roman philosophical responses to these themes, like epicureanism, stoicism, and skepticism, where the seeds of many subsequent Christian and modern conceptions of subjectivity and individualism are sown.

Course Title

Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy

Course Code

PHIL 200



Fulfills Requirements



Prerequisite: Philosophy 110 or 115 or consent of instructor.


Offered every third semester.
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