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PHL200Y1  Ancient Philosophy

(section 0101, MWF 11-12)

 

Prof. D. S. Hutchinson  --  Trinity College (main building, Angels’ Roost 21)

office hours:  Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays 12-1

contact me at 978-8259 or at <dshutchinson@trinity.utoronto.ca>

the web site for the course will be at: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~dhutchin/

all updates to course information will be communicated via this web site

 

(this course outline was updated on 14 September)

 

 

10 September          #1.      introduction to PHL200Y

 

         A.  the first philosophers

 

12 September          A2.     Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes: Milesian philosophers

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14 September          A3.     Xenophanes: poet and sage

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17 September          A4.     Heraclitus: poet and sage

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19 September             A5. Pythagoras and Philolaus: Pythagorean philosophers

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21 September          A6.     Parmenides

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24 September          A7.     Zeno

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26 September          A8.     Anaxagoras

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28 September          A9.     Empedocles

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1 October                   A10.   Leucippus and Democritus: atomist philosophers

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3 October                   A11.   Protagoras, with Plato, Protagoras 309a-328d

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5 October                   A12.   Antiphon, Prodicus, and Hippias, with Plato, Protagoras 328d-348c

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8 October                #13.    Thanksgiving holiday -- no class

 

10 October     A14.   Gorgias, with Plato, Gorgias 447a-461b

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12 October     A15.   Double Arguments

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15 October     A16.   Aristophanes, Clouds (any translation)

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         B.  Socrates of Athens

 

17 October     B17. [Plato], Theages

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19 October     B18. Xenophon, Memoirs of Socrates 4.2

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22 October     B19. Xenophon, Memoirs of Socrates 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

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24 October     B20. Xenophon, Memoirs of Socrates 3.8, 3.9, 4.6

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26 October     B21. Xenophon, Memoirs of Socrates 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7

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29 October     B22. [Plato], Alcibiades

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         C.  Socrates and Plato

 

31 October     C23. Plato, Lesser Hippias

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2 November   C24. Plato, Protagoras 348c-362a

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5 November   C25. Plato, Gorgias 481b-505c

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7 November   C26. Plato, Gorgias 505c-527e

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9 November   C27. Plato, Republic 327a-347a

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12 November C28. Plato, Republic 347a-369a

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14 November C29. Plato, Laches

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16 November C30. Plato, Apology

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         D.  Plato

 

19 November           D31.   Plato, Phaedo 95e-118a

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21 November           D32.   Plato, Symposium 189a-212c

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23 November           D33.   Plato, Theaetetus 142a-162a

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28 November           D34.   Plato, Phaedrus 242b-257b + 274c-277a

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26 November           D35.   Plato, Republic 473c-509c

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30 November           D36.   Plato, Republic 509d-534e

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3 December              D37.   Plato, Parmenides, esp. 126a-137c

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5 December              D38.   Plato, Timaeus 17a-41a

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7 December              D39.   Plato, Timaeus 41a-54d + 69b-72d + 89e-92c

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         E.  Aristotle

 

7 January        E40.   Aristotle, Invitation to Philosophy

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9 January        E41. Aristotle, Physics ii.1-3

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11 January      E42. Aristotle, Physics ii.4-8

(no lecture was given, due to the professor’s illness)

 

14 January      E43. Aristotle, On the Soul i.1-3

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16 January      E44. Aristotle, On the Soul i.4 -- ii.1

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18 January      E45. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics i.1, 2, 4, 5, 7

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21 January      E46. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics x.6-8, Metaphysics I.1-2

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         F.  from Socrates to Epicurus, the Epicureans, and Lucretius

 

(for the letters of Epicurus, see Hellenistic Philosophy (=HP) pp.5-31)

 

23 January      F47. Xenophon, Memoirs of Socrates 2.1 + more evidence on Aristippus of Cyrene

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25 January      F48. Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus, with Lucretius 2.1-61, 3.1-30, 5.1-54, 6.1-42

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28 January      F49.  Epicurus, Principal Doctrines and Vatican Sayings ( = HP pp.32-40)

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30 January      F50. Epicurus, Letter to Herodotus 35-41 + 54-59, with Lucretius 1.62-634; HP pp.40-42 (I-7), pp.81-85 (I-65 to I-75)

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1 February      F51. Epicurus, Letter to Herodotus 41-45 + 60-62, with Lucretius 1.961-1117, 2.62-332, 2.1023-1174, 5.416-533, and HP pp.45-56 (I-14 to I-18)

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4 February      F52. Epicurus, Letter to Herodotus 63-68, with Lucretius 3.417-1094, 4.1058-1287

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6 February      F53. Lucretius  5.772-1457

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         G.  from Socrates to Zeno, the Stoics, and Seneca

 

8 February      G54.   Xenophon, The Dinner-Party + more on Antisthenes of Athens

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11 February   G55.   Diogenes of Sinope (fragments and anecdotes)

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13 February   G56.   Stoic logic:  HP pp.110-131, + Seneca, Letter 48

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15 February   G57.   Stoic physics: HP pp.132-161, with Seneca, Letter 41, 65

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[18-22 Feburary is Reading Week at the University of Toronto: no classes]

 

25 February   G58.   Stoic fatalism: HP pp. 179-190, with Seneca, Letter 107

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27 February   G59.   Stoic ethics: HP pp. 203-232, with Seneca, Letter 9

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1 March           G60.   Seneca on philosophy: Seneca, Letter 16, 33, 53, 104, 123

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4 March           G61.   Seneca on death: Seneca, Letter  26, 63, 77 + Seneca’s own death (pp. 243-44)

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         H.  Socrates and other Sceptics

 

6 March           H62.   Academic scepticism: HP pp.261-285, with [Plato], Demodocus

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8 March           H63.   Pyrrhonian scepticism: HP pp.285-302

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11 March         H64.   Sextus Empiricus -- general sceptical principles: HP pp. 302-325 (III.26-III.34)

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13 March         H65.   Sextus Empiricus -- the 10 modes of scepticism: HP pp.285-297 (III-22), pp.325-341 (III.35-III.37)

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         I.  Cicero: a Roman statesman in the Academic tradition

 

15 March         I66.  Cicero, Laelius or On Friendship 1-61 (pp.175-208)

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18 March         I67.  Cicero, Laelius or On Friendship 62-104 (pp.208-227)

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20 March         I68.  Cicero, Discussions at Tusculum V.1-52 (pp.52-81)

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22 March         I69.  Cicero, Discussions at Tusculum V.53-120 (pp.81-116)

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25 March         I70.  Cicero, The Dream of Scipio

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27 March         #71. Lucian, Philosophers on the Auction Block

click here to read the new translation of the play

 

29 March                 #72.    Good Friday -- no class

 

 

         J.  Boethius: a stoical Christian Platonist in a Roman prison

 

1 April              J73.  Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, Book I

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3 April              J74.  Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, Book II

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5 April              J75.  Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, Book III

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8 April              J76.  Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, Book IV

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10 April           J77.  Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, Book V

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12 April           #78. musical envoi: ancient philosophy in modern lyrics