MODULE ONE: PRE-MODERN
PERIOD (c. 4th CENTURY BCE - c. 1600 CE)
Week 1: Introduction /
ANCIENT GREECE I
Lec. 1: Introduction
- Abrams, M. H. The Mirror and the Lamp: "Orientation of
Lec. 2: Classical Rationalism: the World View of Plato
- Phaedo [c.380 BCE]: "The Immortal Soul" (pp.127-134 in
John Cottingham, ed. Western Philosophy: an Anthology R)
- Meno [c.380 BCE]: "Innate knowledge" (pp. 3-12
- Republic (trans. Francis MacDonald Cornford) [c.370 BCE] (also
excerpted in E23F folder) R
- Ch. XIII "The Three Parts of the Soul"
- Ch. XIV "The Virtues in the Individual"
- Ch. XXIII "The Good as the Highest Object of Knowledge"
- Ch. XXIV "Four Stages of Cognition. The Line"
("Knowledge versus Opinion,"
pp. 12-19 in Cottingham)
- Ch. XXV "The Allegory of the Cave" (pp. 63-70 in Cottingham)
- Ch. XXVII "Dialectic"
Lec. 3: Classical
Empiricism: the World View of Aristotle
- Categories [c.330 BCE]: "Individual Substance" (pp. 70-74 in
- Posterior Analytics [c.330 BCE]: "Demonstrative Knowledge and its Starting-points"
(pp. 19-22 in Cottingham)
Anima [c.330 BCE]: "Soul and Body, Form and Matter" (pp. 134-138 in Cottingham)
- Physics [c.325 BCE]: "Four Types of Explanation" (pp. 301-303 in Cottingham)
- Russell, Bertrand History of Western Philosophy: Bk. 1, chs. XIX "Aristotle’s Metaphysics" - XXIII
Week 2: ANCIENT
Lec. 1: Plato's Philosophy of Language
- "From Cratylus" [c.370 BCE] (pp. 38-48 in Hazard
Adams, Critical Theory Since Plato R; also in Vincent
Leitch, ed. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism R)
- The Republic [c.370BCE]: Book X:
- Ch. XXXV: "How Representation in Art is Related to
Truth" (pp.31-35 in Adams, from "Of the many excellences . . ."
[p. 31] to " .
. . an object which is thrice removed from the truth?" [p.35]; also
- Ch. XXXVI: "Dramatic Poetry Appeals to the Emotions, not to
- Ch. XXXVII: "The Effect of Dramatic Poetry on Character"
(pp.31-35 in Adams, from "And what kind of faculty in man . . ."
to the end " . . . anyone else would have been." [p.38];
also in Leitch)
Lec. 2: Aristotle's Philosophy of Language
- Aristotle On Interpretation [c.335 - 322 BCE]: sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
(pp. 595-598 in Marc Cohen, et al., eds. Readings in Ancient Greek
Philosophy; also in folder)
- Poetics [c.335-322 BCE] (pp. 50-66 in Adams;
also in Leitch)
- Clarke, Richard "The ‘Homely,’ the ‘Wild,’
and the Horror of ‘Mere Household Events’: the Aristotelian Poe-etics of The
Black Cat" Short Story 4.1 (1996): 57-68
WEEK 3: Ancient Rome
Lec. 1: Horace's Practical Advice to the Aspiring
- Horace Art of Poetry [c.20
BCE] (pp. 68-74 in Adams; also in Leitch)
Lec. 2: 'Longinus' on the Sublime in
- 'Longinus' On the Sublime [1st
century CE?] (pp. 76-98 in Adams; also in Leitch)
- Read: chs. I, II, VII, VIII, IX (1_4), XVI, XXX, XXXIX,
Russell, Bertrand History of Western Philosophy: Bk. 1, ch. XXX "Plotinus"
- Abrams, M. H. The Mirror and the Lamp: "The Development of the Expressive Theory of Art: Longinus and the
the Middle Ages
Lec. 1: Medieval Symbolism: Neo-Platonism
Lec. 2: Medieval Symbolism: Neo-Aristotelianism
- St. Augustine "From On Christian Doctrine" [396-426] (pp.108-113 in
Adams; also in Leitch)
- St. Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologiae
[1256-1272] "From The Nature and Domain of Sacred
Doctrine" (pp.117-119 in Adams; also in Leitch)
- Dante Alighieri
- The Banquet
[1304-8] (pp. 120-122 in Adams; also in Leitch)
- Letter to Can Grande
Della Scala " (pp. 120-122 in Adams; also in Leitch)
Russell, Bertrand History of Western Philosophy:
- Bk. 2, ch. IV "St. Augustine’s Philosophy and Theology"
Bk. 2 ch.XIII "St. Thomas Aquinas"
- Taylor, Charles Sources of the Self: "In Interiore Homine"
- Harris, Roy, et al. Landmarks in Linguistic
Thought I: "The Bible on the Origin and Diversification of Language"