Early Greek Philosophy

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Early Greek Philosophy

Spring 2019

Taught By: Mirjam Kotwick

Section: A

CRN: 7054

Credits: 3

The Presocratics are enigmatic and energizing. In many of their works we find logic and poetry, physics and myth, rationalism and religion inextricably interwoven; their thoughts are almost exclusively preserved in fragments, second-hand reports, and fantastical legends; to engage them is at once to encounter the very beginning of Western philosophy and to have exposed and challenged one’s own idea of what philosophy is supposed to be. So peculiar and challenging are they that the history of scholarship of them can be described as a continual rediscovery of them. In this class we will try to discover the Presocratics for ourselves. We will read works of Anaximander, Parmenides, Heraclitus, Anaxagoras, Empedocles, Democritus and others. We will complement these texts with readings from Homer and Hesiod, medical texts from the Hippocratic corpus, sophistic texts, and testimonies about Pythagoras and Socrates. We will also consider how modern philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger approached the ‘Presocratics’ and finally ask how useful the concept of ‘pre-socratic’ philosophy is for us today.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:21pm 5/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1102

Date Range: 1/24/2019 - 5/9/2019