2018 - 2019

  The Stoics On the World, the Gods and Fate                                                           
Sharon WeisserGilman-humanities262Sun1000-1200 Sem  1
Gilman-humanities262Wed1000-1200 Sem  1
University credit hours:  4.0

Course description

This class focuses on studying the natural philosophy of the Stoics. Through a close reading of the sources we will raise a number of philosophical issues such as: the unifying function of the pneuma in Stoic cosmology;  the place of human beings in the chain of beings;  the proofs for the existence of the gods; the “lazy argument” as well as the issue of fate and freedom of will. We will learn how to deal with fragments and how to reach the relevant secondary literature.

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