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  • 1. INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (SUMMER SESSION) 06/03 The Philosopher Philosophy and Wonder 06/04 Mythology and Philosophy: The Birth of the Philosopher Week One 06/05 ON-LINE SESSION LECTURES: Presocratics, The Birth of Greek Philosophy 06/06 ON-LINE SESSION LECTURES: The Origin of the Universe I - The Milesians: Thales, Anaximander 06/10 ON-LINE SESSION VIDEO: THE GREEK GODS LECTURE: What is Knowledge? I – Xenophanes Week Two 06/11 Mythology and Philosophy: A Philosophical Revolution The Origin of the Universe II - The Milesians: Anaximenes Revision Session 06/12 How to Reach the Truth? – Parmenides 1° TEST 06/13 What is Being? – Parmenides What is Change? – Heraclitus 06/17 ON-LINE SESSION LECTURE: What is Knowledge? II – Heraclitus Week Three 06/18 The Sophistic Movement: Who were the Sophists?; The Sophistic Education Revision 06/19 The Sophists: Relativism 2° TEST 06/20 ON-LINE SESSION VIDEO: ENGENEERING AN EMPIRE LECTURE: The Sophists: Double Arguments 06/24 ON-LINE SESSION LECTURES: The Life of Socrates; Socrates Philosophy as a Way of Life Week Four 06/25 The Sophists: Religion The Sophists: Language and Persuasion Revision Session 06/26 3° TEST In line with the mission statement of Queens College and of the goals of the Philosophy Department this course is designed to guide the students to achieve the following learning objectives: 1. Recognize the main problems discussed by the philosophers studied in the course 2. Identify how a philosopher is related to his predecessors
  • 2. 3. Describe the historical and intellectual context in which a philosopher developed 4. List the main sources through which the thought of a philosophical school/thinker has come to us 5. Describe the impact of a philosophical school/thinker on the society in which its/his theories have been developed 6. Be able to comment on an Ancient text by (i) placing it in its historical context and (ii) recognizing the structure of its arguments 3) Course Materials: The following texts are required; it is not possible to take this course without these books: 1 1. Wheelwright P., The Presocratics, (Prentice Hall, 1966) 2. Dillon J., The Greek Sophists, (Penguin Classics, 2003) 4) Course Work: The final grade will be determined by the student’s performance in the following: in-class tests, on-line assignments, and class participation. The grade break down will be as follows: 1) 3 in-class tests = 75% of the final grade (25% each); 2) 5 on-line assignments = 20% of the final grade (5% each); 3) class participation = 5% of the final grade. Please be aware that merely attending class and reading the on-line forum do not constitute class participation. For more information concerning class and on-line forum participation see point 7.