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PHIL 053. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. 4 Units.

Students examine influential philosophers up to roughly 1500A.D., such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Hellenistic philosophers (Epicureans, Stoics, Skeptics), Augustine, and Aquinas. Potential topics students investigate are: What does happiness consist of? Which character traits count as virtues, and how do we become virtuous? What is the origin and nature of justice? Why be moral? What are the aims of government and law? What is the difference between knowledge and opinion? Does a divine being exist, and if so what are its attributes? (GE2B)