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Dr. Menahem Luz
The University of Haifa

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Semestre 2 (2008)

    Philosophy Dept.

  1. Aristotle's Metaphysics

    Lecture; 4 pts; 4 hours; no. 107.3112b\4112b

    Meeting twice a week:
    Tuesday, 14.15-15.45 room 708
    Thursday 10.15-11.45 room 710

    syllabus in Hebrew

    course description

  2. Introduction to Later Greek Philosophy:
    Hellenistic Philosophy

    Lecture 4 hours meeting once a week; no. 107.2115b01

    Wednesday 08.30-11.45 room 617

    Syllabus in Hebrew

    course description

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    Philosophy Class semestre 2 (2008)

  1. Hellenistic Philosophy

      Hellenistic Philosophy

      Lecture 4 hours meeting once a week; no. 107.2115b01

      Wednesday 08.30-11.45 room 617

        Diogenes of Sinope in his infamous "tub" confronting the problems of a modern world

        We will examine the main schools of philosophy in the post-Aristotelian period:
        1. Cynicism, founded by Diogenes who started a movement of renunciation of all unnecessary property and teaching a return to a life of nature
        2. Stoicism, founded by Zeno of Citium, whose school developed a positivist answer to the scepticism of the time, an theory of moral principles in answer to the hedonisim of the epicureans and an alternative to Aristotle's logic
        3. Epicureanism, founded by Epicurus whose school of material philosophy was a mixture of atomism and hedonism - our natural purpose is to pursue pleasure and avoid pain -- but for Epicurus the highest pleasure is of the intellect
        4. Scepticism, founded by Pyrrho but developed in the Platonic Academy by philosophers who returned to an extreme form of Socratic denial of knowledge and to the sophistic principle that for every argument there is a counter-argument
        5. and Neo-Pythagoreanism which was a mystical school of this period supposedly based on the mathematical and philosophical ideas of Pythagoras, but which greatly influenced the philosophy of late antiquity
        Material will be drawn from a class-handout on HighLearn.



        Background material and bibliography are on High-Learn
        Those who have not yet registered may in the meanwhile consult
        A.A. Long, Hellenistic Philosophy

      Course requirements: attendance, mid-term assignment presented in class (depending on numbers enroled), exam paper to be prepared at home and sent via email


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      Semestre 2

      Aristotle's Metaphysics

      In the Metaphysics, Aristotle examines the meaning of being, as well as the role of a primary science that is prior to all others. Traditionally, the Metaphysics is divided into 14 'books', each of which is numbered by a letter of the Greek alphabet. These 'books' are of paramount importance for understanding Jewish, Christian and Islamic philosophy during the medieval period. In the present course we will discuss: We will discuss the physical and ontological background of Metaphysics i-iv in Hebrew translation. We shall also examine Aristotle's criticism of Plato's Ideal Theory.

      • Book 1: what is the meaning of knowledge for itself and which causes does it examine

      • Book 2: how was the scientific tradition achieved and what lies behind it?
      • Book 3: what content is to be assigned to Metaphysics and what are its goals?
      • Book 4: what are the meanings of being and how can they be involved in one science?


      Texts for discussion:
      Books 1 (A), 2 (a), 3 (B), 4 (G) of the Metaphysics, some of it in a new ongoing Hebrew trans. by myself. The English speaking students may use: Richard Hope, Aristotle Metaphysics, Anne Arbor, 1952

      The following works are also useful

      • H.B. Veatch, Aristotle A Contemporary Appreciation
      • William Rober Wians Aristotle's Philosophical Development
      • G.E.R. Lloyd Arisotle: The Growth and Structure of his Thought Cambridge)
      • W.D. Ross Aristotle Metaphysics I (Oxford)

      Course requirements:
      attendance, mid-term assignment presented in class, end of term paper.

      Students who have not previously participated in a course on Plato must complete their background knowledge at the beginning of the course by reading a general book such as:
      GER Raven, Plato's Thought in the Making (Cambridge)

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