Ancient World Philosophy - PHL 232

This course introduces Philosophy as the discipline that seeks to find answers to fundamental questions raised by every human, such as ‘what is reality,’ ‘what is knowledge,’ ‘how is it possible to know’, and ‘what is the best way to live’. While showing the distinctive- yet relational- nature of philosophy, with regard to science, art and religion, this course offers basic previews of major landmarks, namely Far East traditions, such as Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Hinduism, pre-Socratic thinkers - such as Thales, Pythagoras, Parmenides and Heraclitus, classical Greek philosophers - i.e. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic schools of Stoicism, Skepticism and Epicureanism. Prerequisite: ENL 21