C. Ancient Philosophy: Topics
The program covers all the important Greek philosophers who came before Socrates, and concludes with Socrates' contemporaries, the Sophists Protagoras and Gorgias
Unit 1 Thales and the beginnings of philosophy
Unit 2 Anaximander and the theory of the Apeiron
Unit 3 Anaximander versus Anaximenes
Unit 4 Xenophanes on God and the limits of human knowledge
Unit 5 Heraclitus 'You never step twice into the same river...'
Unit 6 Pythagoras and the Pythagorean school
Unit 7 Parmenides' Way of Truth
Unit 8 Parmenides versus Melissus
Unit 9 Zeno's Paradoxes
Unit 10 Empedocles' Cosmic cycle
Unit 11 Anaxagoras 'A portion of everything in everything...'
Unit 12 The Atomism of Leucippus and Democritus
Unit 13 Philosophical consequences of Atomism
Unit 14 Protagoras 'Man is the measure of all things...'
Unit 15 Gorgias 'On What Is Not'