SRJC Course Outlines

11/29/2023 6:47:17 AMPHIL 20 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHIL 20Title:  HIST WEST PHIL: ANCIENT  
Full Title:  History of Western Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PHIL 20.1

Catalog Description:
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History of Western philosophy from classical Greek through the Middle Ages, concentrating on Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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History of Western philosophy from classical Greek through the Middle Ages, concentrating on Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1980
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1986
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1986
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1980Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1980Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: PHIL 130 History of Ancient Philosophy SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHIL20

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Describe the historical and cultural contexts in which these philosophies were developed.
2.  Analyze representative primary texts of the most significant philosophical literature of this
     period (e.g. Plato's Apology, Euthyphro, Crito and Republic.  Aristotle's essays on
     Ethics and Friendship).
3.  Describe the relationship between the ancient and medieval philosophies discussed and the
     major moral and philosophical issues of the present day.

Topics and Scope
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  1.  Introduction
      A.  Historical and geographical introduction to the world of ancient Greece
       B.  Overview of ancient Greek mythology
 2.  The origins of Western philosophy in Miletus
 3.  Heraclitus - flux and strife
 4.  The Eliatic philosophers
      A.  Oneness
      B.  Changeless (Parmenides and Zeno)
 5.   Early pluralists
      A.  Empedocles
       B.  Anaxagoras - early pluralists
 6.  The Pythagoreans - natural law and mathematics
 7.  The Atomists - a mechanical description of nature
 8.  The Sophists - the relationship between rhetoric and philosophy
 9.  Socrates - the pursuit of human excellence
10.  Plato
      A.  The life of Plato
      B.  The influence of Socrates, Pythagoras and Parmenides
      C.  The works of Plato
            1.  Apology
            2.  Euthyphro
            3.  Crito
            4.  Republic
      D.  The theory of forms      
11. Aristotle
      A.  Aristotle's response to Plato
      B.  The works of Aristotle
            1.  Nicomachean Ethics
            2.  Friendship
            3.  Physics
            4.  Politics
      C. Theology in physics and astronomy
      D.  Religion and the Unmoved Mover
12. Hellenistic philosophers
       A.  Historical developments in Greece and Rome
       B.  The Epicureans
       C.  The Stoics
       D.  The Cynics
       E.  The Skeptics
13.  Medieval philosophers
       A.  Origins and spread of Christianity
       B.  The question of God's existence
        C.  The question of faith vs. reason

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1.  Regular reading assignments 20-50 pages from primary sources, course
     texts and/or supplementary materials.
2.  10-20 learning assessments which cover the assigned readings.
3.  Term paper(s) of 2500-5000 words in which philosophical issues raised in class
     are explored.
4.  At least two mid-term examinations. Each exam is approximately one hour long.
      Students must write in-class essays in response to questions on material covered
     in class and in texts.
5.  A final examination including written essay(s) in response to questions on material
      covered in class and in texts.
6.  Participation in class discussions.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 75%
Written homework, term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
15 - 50%
Tests and exams will include multiple choice and essay questions
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT BUY TEXTBOOKS before checking with the SRJC Bookstore.
These titles are representative only, and may not be the same ones used in your class.
A Historical Introduction to Philosophy.  Fieser, James and Lillegard, Norman.  Oxford University Press:  2002
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 2nd ed., Tr.  Irwin, Terence.  Hackett:  2000
Classics of Western Philosophy, 8th Edition.  Cahn, Steven M.  Hackett Publishing Co:  2012
The Great Conversation:  A Historical Introduction to Philosophy (6th Edition).  Melchert, Norman.  Oxford University Press: 2010
Plato, Five Dialogues, Tr.  Grube, G.M.A.  Hackett:  2002
Plato, Republic, Tr. . Grube. G.M.A.  Hackett: 1992 (Classic)
Philosophy:  History and Problems, 7th edition.  Stumpf, Samuel Enoch and Fieser, James.  McGraw Hill:  2008

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