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Lehrveranstaltungen Winrersemester 2021-2022

Fortgeschrittenenseminar und Essaykurs

Aristotle On the Soul (De Anima)

Di. 14:00 bis 16:00 c.t. woch 19.10.2021 bis 08.02.2022 Geschw.-Scholl-Pl. 1 (A) - A U115

Ancient Greek philosophers generally believed that animate things are distinct from inanimate things in virtue of having a soul. However, what is a soul? What sorts of things have souls? Do souls have parts? Are souls distinct from bodies, and if so, how can they interact? In this course we will study how Aristotle answered these questions in his central psychological work, On the Soul (De Anima). Among the topics we will explore are: the relation between Aristotle's theory of scientific inquiry and definition in the Posterior Analyticsand his practice of inquiring into and defining the soul in De Anima; the role that his criticism of earlier Greek theories of soul plays in the development of his own account of the soul; his so called 'hylomorphic' theory of the soul-body relation, and the soul's causal role in the life processes of nutrition, perception, imagination, intellectual cognition, and action.

Our main focus will be on the primary text (in English translation), but we will also read and discuss at least one piece of secondary literature each week.

We will use Christopher Shields' recent translation and commentary of De Anima (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Knowledge of ancient Greek is not required.

term paper OR (presentation(s)+essay/record) OR (in case of the essay course option) 4 essays [9 ECTS]

LSF-registration via the menu item "Vorlesungsverzeichnis" (=> click through after LSF login to the individual view of this course) sometime between 27 September 2021 and 11 October 2021



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Research Methods in Ancient Philosophy

Mo. 10:00 bis 12:00 c.t. woch 18.10.2021 bis 07.02.2022 Amalienstr. 73A - 118

How does one do research in ancient philosophy? This course will be a practical introduction to learning how to read, interpret, and conduct research on topics in ancient philosophical texts. Our primary focus will be on how to identify, analyse, contextualise, and criticise ancient philosophical arguments for the purpose of advancing scholarly research. Students will be given an opportunity to develop these skills by reading short passages of Plato's Meno (in English translation) each week and offering weekly one-page critical analysis/reaction papers on those passages that we will discuss in the tutorium.
This course is restricted to first-semester students in the Ancient Philosophy Master's Program.

Must be registered and prioritised at some point between 27.09.2021 and 11.10.2021 using the LSF system (via the menu item "Lehrveranstaltungen belegen/abmelden")