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Classical Philosophy

Classical philosophy has had profound influences on the way we think reason and exchange ideas, how we develop new ideas and refine old ones, and how we discover the world around us and conceive of our place in it. Students in this course will engage in discussions of logic, ethics, theories of knowledge and reality, and theories of well-being and the good. They will come to appreciate the basis of much of Western thought, to understand how these issues continue to offer intellectual challenges for contemporary thinkers, and to develop strong analytical skills honed from having to critically evaluate their own beliefs in light of the arguments offered by classical philosophy. Students will be evaluated using a combination of tests, short assignments, in-class assignments and essays.