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In this course we will study Aristotle’s Metaphysics concentrating of books gamma-theta. Aristotle sets out to study being qua being, or what is insofar as it is. The thoughts that Aristotle expresses in these books were instrumental in setting an intellectual agenda that dominated western thought through the Middle Ages and provided the backdrop against which the modern philosophical tradition arose. Furthermore, many of the issues that Aristotle takes up in these books remain of central importance in contemporary philosophy. Our main goal in this course is to work our way through Aristotle’s text which can be extremely daunting, and to reconstruct his central positions and his arguments for these positions. We will also read selections from the vast secondary literature on Aristotle’s Metaphysics.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
discussion leadership, weekly short papers, term paper
PHIL 201, CLAS 203
Philosophy and Classics majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
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