CLAS 0276

Roman Philosophy

Roman Philosophy
In this course we will seek to answer the question of what is Roman philosophy - philosophia togata. Is it simply Greek philosophy in Roman dress? Or, while based in its Greek origins, does it grow to have a distinctive and rigorous character of its own, designed and developed to focus on uniquely "Roman" questions and problems, in particular, ethical, social, and political questions? We will investigate how some of the main schools of Hellenistic Greek thought came to be developed in Latin: Epicureanism (Lucretius), Academic Skepticism (Cicero), and Stoicism (Seneca). As we read we will investigate how each school offers different answers to crucial questions such as what is the goal of life? What is the highest good? Should one take part in politics or not? What is the nature of the soul? What is the nature of Nature itself? Is there an afterlife? Can we ever have a certain answer to any of these questions? 3 hrs. lect.
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Equivalent Courses:
PHIL 0276


Fall 2018

CLAS0276A-F18 Lecture (Star)

Fall 2016

CLAS0276A-F16 Lecture (Star)

Spring 2015

CLAS0276A-S15 Lecture (Star)

Spring 2014

CLAS0276A-S14 Lecture (Star)

Fall 2011

CLAS0276A-F11 Lecture (Star)
CLAS0276Y-F11 Discussion (Star)
CLAS0276Z-F11 Discussion (Star)

Fall 2008

CLAS0276A-F08 Lecture (Star)
CLAS0276Y-F08 Discussion (Star)
CLAS0276Z-F08 Discussion (Star)

Spring 2007

CLAS0276A-S07 Lecture (Star)
CLAS0276Y-S07 Discussion (Star)
CLAS0276Z-S07 Discussion (Star)