History of Philosophy I A

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    History of Philosophy I A

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Ancient philosophy, provided it is treated thematically and not purely historically, provides an excellent focus for some major philosophical themes. (1) We begin with Parmenides' claim that the notion of change is incoherent, from which he derived that the appearance of change is mere appearance or even illusion. (2) We take up Aristotle's response to this challenge, which provided him with an opportunity to develop an account of the metaphysics of changing particulars (we shall also compare his account to Plato's). (3) We turn to the Socratic conception of philosophical argument and inquiry, based on the search for the knowledge of essences as a means of answering certain central aporiai. (4) We follow the trials and tribulations of the notion of essence, from Plato's theory of forms to Aristotle's hylomorphism. (5) We conclude with some sceptical notes on this whole project of essence?based metaphysics, as articulated by some ancient sceptics and summarised in Sextus Empiricus.

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