of course readings - includes readings in the course
texts, e-reserve materials, other electronic materials, print
reserve materials, and lists of materials to be found in Fenwick
Library. Some of these are required reading and some are
Link to your primary Aristotle reading: W.D. Ross’ classic translation of Book I (also known as Book A) of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. (Click on this link, then click on Book I.)
Aristotle's Metaphysics A1-2 (Book I, Ch. 1-2)
(prepared by Prof. Cherubin)
Aristotle's Approximately Four Causes
(notes on Metaphysics Book I, Ch. 3, prepared by Prof.
Criteria for good
writing in philosophy: recommended reading. This is a list
of general features that all philosophy papers should have,
things philosophy professors look for in grading. The list was
compiled by the Philosophy Department and the Writing Center.
for writing effective arguments (.doc form; by Prof.
1. As noted in class, a better term for what we will be studying is "ancient Mediterranean philosophy." Ancient Mediterranean philosophy does form part of the history of Western philosophy, but it also forms part of the history of some non-Western philosophy: Islamic philosophy, for example, draws upon and further develops Greek philosophy. Also, there was plenty of interaction between the Greeks, the Romans, and the Egyptians and East Africans. In addition, there are some conceptual similarities between Greek and Sanskrit thought. So, what you learn in this course will be of use in other courses on e.g. the Middle East, the Near East, North Africa, East Africa, sometimes South Asia, etc.
It is also helpful to remember that the Greeks and Romans did
not see themselves as part of a "Western" culture or
civilization; the notion of a "Western" culture or civilization
did not exist. Moreover, geographically speaking, the Greeks and
Romans saw themselves as at or close to the middle: there was
some disagreement among ancient geographers, but they tended to
put the center of the earth's surface either at the Nile Delta
or at Delphi (in Greece). (back)