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The Department of Philosophy and the Duke University Global Education Office for Undergraduates offer an integrated course of study combining in-depth tours of the important sites and museums in various regions of this spectacular country, with close reading and discussion of key ancient philosophical texts. The program director is Professor Michael Ferejohn of the Duke Department of Philosophy. The principal course objective is to give the student a thorough understanding of the classical Greeks' emphasis on the rational aspect of human nature, the intellectual foundations for subsequent western civilization.The program begins with twelve days in the Aegean Islands, (including a visit to Crete, the largest of the Greek isles) where students will consider how the ancient rationalistic movement first came to life with the mechanistic science of the Milesians, and the theoretical mathematics and metaphysics of the Pythagoreans.The course location then shifts to the Greek mainland, first to the Peloponnese and then on to Athens, where the dramatic rise and fall of the Athenian Empire serves as a backdrop to Socrates’ revolutionary denunciation of the “Unexamined Life”, and the great philosophical system of Plato’s Republic.Tours, lectures, and readings focusing on topics in ancient Greek ethics, metaphysics and epistemology. Two exams, one short term project, and two textbooks. Maximum enrollment: 28. No pass/fail option or auditing permitted. One course credit. Prof. Michael Ferejohn.This is an integrated course of study combining in-depth tours of the important sites and museums in various regions of this spectacular country with close reading and discussion of key ancient philosophical texts. The principal course objective is to give the student a thorough understanding of (and a critical perspective upon) the classical Greeks' pronounced emphasis on the rational aspect of human nature that enabled them not only to produce the artistic and architectural splendors we shall be seeing at first-hand, but also to lay the intellectual foundations for subsequent western civilization.All texts to be worked with at length are by ancient philosophical authors, and are collected in a single paperback, S. M. Cohen, et al, Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy (paper). Occasionally, these will be supplemented by short excerpts from other authors (such as Homer, Thucydides, and Euripides), to be distributed in class. A. R. Burn, A History of Greece (paper) will be used as a general reference work.
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