The purpose of this course is to study the important concepts in Ancient and Medieval philosophy. We will concentrate on the dominant figures of philosophy, and their thought on cosmology, metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics, and religion. The Philosophical Schools to be covered are the Milesian, Pythagorean, Eleatic, Pluralists. Atomists and the Sophists. It includes the brilliant contributions of greatest philosophers like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and religious contributions of medieval thinkers - St.Augustine. St.Anselm, and St.Thomas Aquinas. The course enables the students to master all the basic ideas of Classical Greek and Medieval philosophy.
Week 1 1 History of Greek Philosophy 2 Greek School of Thought - The Eleatics 3 Pre-Socratic Philosophy
4 Pre- Socratic Thinkers- the Ionians 5 Thales of Miletus 6 Anaximander
Week 3 7 Anaximenes 8 Pythagoras 9 Heraclitus
Week 4 10 Parmenides 11 Zeno 12 Anaxagoras Week 5 13 Leuippus 14 Democritus 15 Sophist Philosophy Week 6 16 Protagoras 17 Socrates Theory of knowledge 18 Socratic Method Week 7 19 Plato’s Theory of knowledge 20 Doctrine of Ideas 21 Concept of Soul Week 8 22 Aristotelian Epistemology 23 Logic 24 Substance, matter and form Week 9 25 The Process of Change 26 Nichomachean Ethics 27 Epicureanism Week 10 28 Stoicism 29 Historical overview of Medieval Philosophy 30 Features and Characteristics of Medieval Philosophy Week 11 31 Major Phases and Important Thinkers of Medieval Philosophy 32 Central Themes and Philosophical Concerns of Medieval Philosophy 33 Medieval Philosophers: Boethius Week 12 34 Medieval Philosophers :Anselm of Canterbury 35 Great Medieval Philosophers :St. Augustine of Hippo 36 Medieval Philosophers: Saint Thomas Aquinas