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Ancient Philosophy (Aristotle)

Intermediate—Spring

This course will be devoted to a careful reading of a small number of texts from a major figure in ancient philosophy. The goal of the course is twofold: First, it is designed to acquaint students with one of the seminal figures of our tradition in more than a superficial way, forcing us to slow our usual pace of reading and to read almost painfully carefully with a view to understanding the thinker as he wrote and as he understood himself and not as a stage in an historical development. Second, the course will introduce and encourage this kind of careful reading. The text for Spring 2014 will be Aristotle’s Physics.