SRJC Course Outlines

7/19/2024 5:58:41 PMPHIL 20 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

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


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Describe the philosophical views of the major philosophers in the ancient through medieval
     traditions:  pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and the major Hellenistic and Medieval
2.  Analyze how these philosophers' views developed as a response to their predecessors'
3.  Critically evaluate the arguments and viewpoints of the philosophers studied.

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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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I.  Introduction
    A. Historical and geographical introduction to the world of ancient Greece
     B. Overview of ancient Greek mythology
II.   The Origins of Western Philosophy in Miletus
III.  Heraclitus - flux and strife
IV.  The Eliatic Philosophers
    A. Oneness
    B. Changeless (Parmenides and Zeno)
V.   Early Pluralists
    A. Empedocles
     B. Anaxagoras - early pluralists
VI.  The Pythagoreans - Natural Law and Mathematics
VII.  The Atomists - a Mechanical Description of Nature
VIII. The Sophists - the Relationship between Rhetoric and Philosophy
IX.  Socrates - the Pursuit of Human Excellence
X.   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      
XI. 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
XII. Hellenistic Philosophers
    A. Historical developments in Greece and Rome
    B. The Epicureans
    C. The Stoics
    D. The Cynics
    E. The Skeptics
XIII. 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. Regular reading responses or activities (10-15) 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.
     Required in-class essays on material covered in readings and class discussions
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%
Reader responses; 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%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Great Conversation:  A Historical Introduction to Philosophy. 7th ed. Melchert, Norman. Oxford University Press. 2014 (classic)
A Historical Introduction to Philosophy. 9th ed. Stumpf, Samuel, and Fieser, James. McGraw Hill Educational. 2014 (classic)
Classics of Western Philosophy. 8th ed. Cahn, Steven. Hackett Publishing Company. 2012 (classic)
Philosophy: History and Problems. 8th ed. Stumpf, Samuel Enoch and Fieser, James. McGraw Hill. 2011 (classic)
Plato: Five Dialogues. 2nd ed. Tr.  Grube, G.M.A.  Hackett Publishing Company. 2002 (classic)
Nicomachean Ethics. 2nd ed. Aristotle and Tr. Irwin, Terence. Hackett Publishing Company. 2000 (classic)
Republic. Plato and Tr. Grube. G.M.A.  Hackett Publishing Company. 1992 (Classic)

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