Session 1: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy with Professor Henry West

7:30 AM  - 9:00 AM
Tuesday Feb 7, 2012
Room 250, Olin-Rice Science Center
(please note change of location)

Macalester Alumni College presents...

Four Lecture-Discussions on Ancient Philosophy with Henry West, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus.

Class will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings in February (Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28). Coffee and doughnuts provided.

This mini-course is full. To be put on the wait list, email

In this series of four sessions, Professor West will highlight some of the most important ideas of ancient Greek philosophers – their speculative scientific theories as well as their philosophical claims. The format will be informal with discussion encouraged. No assigned readings, no papers, no quizzes, no grades!

February 7 – The Pre-Socratics and Socrates
February 14 – Plato
February 21 – Aristotle
February 28 – The Stoics and Epicureans

Western philosophy and much of the Western intellectual tradition was born in ancient Greece with the writings and ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Their questions and ideas about the nature of truth, beauty and justice are fundamental to our understanding of literature, the evolution of science, our aesthetic criteria, and present-day ethics and politics. Their views informed much modern philosophy and had a profound influence on Christian thought. As English philosopher Alfred North Whitehead said, "The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato" (Process and Reality).

Contact: Gabrielle Lawrence, or 651-696-6315

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty and Public

Sponsored By: Alumni Office

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