Greek Philosophy Syllabus & Schedule

Medieval Europe Socrates and Plato

PHIL 20A Fall 2017 – Class Code 40983

Wed/Fri 9am – 12:20pm, BCC 54

Instructor: Eric Gerlach – email:


Office Hours: Fri 12:30 -1:30pm @ K’s Coffee, next door to BCC

Course Description: This course introduces students to the history of ancient Greek philosophy and thought.  We will study the central figures and concepts of the period.

Texts:  The readings for the class will be posted at the top of each of the lectures online.

Assignments: Two 4-5 page essays (2 x 25%) & a final 8-10 page paper (50%)

Class Schedule

Oct 18 – Introduction & the Ancient Greek World

Oct 20 – Greek Mythology & Drama

Oct 25 – Thales, Anaximander & Anaximenes

Oct 27 – Pythagoras & Xenophanes

Nov 1 – Heraclitus

Nov 3 – Parmenides & Zeno (1st Paper 4-5 pgs Due)

Nov 8 – Anaxagoras & Empedocles

Nov 15 – Democritus & Diogenes

Nov 17 – Socrates, Plato’s Apology, Crito & Meno

Nov 22 – Plato’s Symposium & Republic

Nov 29 – Plato’s Timaeus & Parmenides (2nd Paper 4-5 pgs Due)

Dec 1 – Aristotle

Dec 6 – Pyrrho & Skepticism

Dec 8 – Epicureanism & Stoicism

Final Paper 8-10 pg Due by Midnight Dec 15th

This class is acceptable for credit at UC and CSU. It counts towards GE AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2; and IGETC area 3. It can be used as an elective for the Liberal Arts with an Emphasis in Arts and Humanities, Associate in Arts Degree Program and the Liberal Arts: Intersegmental General Education Transfer (IGETC) Certificate of Achievement and the Global Studies AA Degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of major philosophers.

2. Analyze and evaluate philosophical positions through argument that displays individual perspective.

General Student Requirements

Students are expected to come to class prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions. All readings and assignments should be completed by the beginning of class on the day they are discussed. This class is run as a lecture/discussion course.  Students are responsible for all class material (even if they miss class). It is your responsibility to ask if you missed something; it is not the instructor’s responsibility to remind you. If a student has any extenuating circumstances which may affect full participation in the class, the student must speak to the instructor as far ahead of any due date as possible. All assignments must be completed and all requirements must be met in order to pass the class. You must turn in all assignments (even if they are late) in order to be eligible to receive a “C” grade or higher.  There are no exceptions, under any circumstance.  Plagiarism—“[t]o use another person’s ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source” (MLA Handbook,  5th ed., §1.8)—will not be tolerated. Plagiarists, intentional or inadvertent, will receive a zero on the assignment in question; repeat offenders will get an F for the course and will be subject to college disciplinary action. Students are encouraged to review plagiarism policies in the current Vista College catalog.

Disabled Student Program and Services (DSP&S) are provided for any enrolled student who has a verified disability that creates an educational limitation that prevents the student from fully benefiting from classes without additional support services or instruction. Please let the instructor know if you require any support services or would like more information about DSP&S.

The syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any changes will be announced in class. Additional handouts of required readings may also be added.

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