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Syllabus for an Introductory Course from the Pre-Socratics to the Renaissance


The reading of the starred references is required; the others are optional.

<italic>September 26</italic>. <sc>INTRODUCTION</sc>.

*Perry: General Introduction to Philosophy (Lectures on Dr. Eliot’s Five-Foot Shelf of Books). 2

*Weber: History of Philosophy, §§ 1, 2. 3

James: Some Problems of Philosophy, Ch. I.

Perry: The Approach to Philosophy, Ch. I.

Russell: The Problems of Philosophy, Ch. XV. 4

<italic>October 3.</italic> <sc>RISE OF PHILOSOPHY IN GREECE</sc>.

*Weber: §§ 4, 5, 6.

*Benn: Early Greek Philosophy(Philosophies Ancient and Modern), Ch. I. 5

*Bakewell: Source Book in Ancient Philosophy, pp. 1- 7. 6

Marshall: A Short History of Greek Philosophy, Ch. I, II.

<italic>October 10</italic>. <sc>THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRE-SOCRATIC THOUGHT</sc>.

*Weber: §§ 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

*Benn: Ch. II.

Bakewell: pp. 8- 56.

Marshall: Ch. III-V.

<italic>October 17.</italic> <sc>THE ATOMISTS. THE SOPHISTS</sc>.

*Weber: §§ 12, 13.

*Benn: Ch. III, IV.

*Bakewell: pp. 67- 85.

Bakewell: pp. 57- 66.

Marshall: Ch. VI-X.

Clodd: Lucretius and the Atomists(Philosophies Ancient and Modern).

<italic>October 24</italic>. <sc>SOCRATES. THE SOCRATIC SCHOOLS</sc>.

*Weber: §§ 14, 15.

*Benn: Ch. V.

*Bakewell: pp. 104- 141.

Bakewell: pp. 86- 103.

Marshall: Ch. XI-XIII. 7

<italic>October 31.</italic> <sc>PLATO’S THEORY OF THE IDEAS</sc>.

*Weber: § 16 (1), (2).

*Bakewell: pp. 192- 216; 160- 168.

Bakewell: pp. 168- 179.

Plato: Protagoras; Phaedo(Everyman’s Library). 8

Taylor: Plato( Philosophies Ancient and Modern), Ch. II.

<italic>November 7</italic>. <sc>PLATO’S MORAL AND SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY</sc>.

*Weber: § 16 (3).

*Bakewell: pp. 182- 192; 152- 157.

*Plato: Republic, Bk. I (Everyman’s Library).

Plato: Republic, Bks. II-X.

Taylor: Plato, Ch. III.

<italic>November 14</italic>. <sc>ARISTOTLE’S METAPHYSICS</sc>.

*Weber: § 17 (1).

*Bakewell: pp. 217- 239.

Taylor: Aristotle(The People’s Books), Ch. I-III. 9

Aristotle: Metaphysics(trans. by Ross). 10

<italic>November 21</italic>. <sc>ARISTOTLE’S PHILOSOPHY OF NATURE AND MAN</sc>.

*Weber: § 17 (2).

*Bakewell: pp. 240- 247; 251- 268.

Taylor: Aristotle, Ch. IV, V.

Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics(Everyman’s Library).

Aristotle: Politics[ A Treatise on Government] (Everyman’s Library).

<italic>November 28</italic>. <sc>THE EPICUREANS</sc>.

*Weber: § 18.

*Bakewell: pp. 290- 316.

Taylor: Epicurus(Philosophies Ancient and Modern).

Lucretius: De Rerum Natura(New Universal Library).

Santayana: Three Philosophical Poets, Ch. II. 11

Clodd: Lucretius and the Atomists.

<italic>December 5</italic>. <sc>THE STOICS</sc>.

*Weber: § 19.

*Bakewell: pp. 269- 289; 317- 339.

Stock: Stoicism(Philosophies Ancient and Modern).

Marcus Aurelius: Meditations(Everyman’s Library).

Epictetus: Moral Discourses(Everyman’s Library).

<italic>December 12</italic>. <sc>ECLECTICISM. SCEPTICISM. NEO-PLATONISM</sc>.

*Weber: §§ 24, 25, 26.

*Bakewell: pp. 340- 374; 384- 393.

Fuller: The Problem of Evil in Plotinus. 12

Seneca: On Benefits(Temple Classics).

Plutarch: Moralia(Everyman’s Library).

<italic>December 19</italic>. <sc>CHRISTIANITY. THE PATRISTIC PERIOD</sc>.

*Weber: §§ 27, 28.

*St. Augustine: Confessions, Bks. I, VII (Everyman’s Library).

St. Augustine: Confessions, Bks. II-VI, VIII-X.

St. Augustine: The City of God(Temple Classics), Bks. VII-XII, XVI, XVIII.

<italic>January 9</italic>. <sc>THE RISE OF SCHOLASTICISM</sc>.

*Weber: §§ 29-36.

*Rickaby: Scholasticism(Philosophies Ancient and Modern), Ch. I, II, §§ 1, 2. 13

St. Anselm: Proslogium, etc. (trans. by Deane) (Open Court Pub. Co.)

<italic>January 16</italic>. THE CULMINATION OF SCHOLASTICISM.

*Weber: §§ 37-40.

*Rickaby: Ch. II, §§ 3, 4; III, VII.

Thomas Aquinas: Of God and His Creatures(trans. by Rickaby).

Dante: Divine Comedy(Everyman’s Library or Temple Classics). 14

St. Francis of Assisi: Little Flowers, etc. (Everyman’s Library or Temple Classics). 15

Bonaventura: Life of St. Francis(Temple Classics).

<italic>January 23</italic>. <sc>THE DECLINE OF SCHOLASTICISM</sc>.

*Weber: §§ 41-48.

*Rickaby: Ch. IV, V.

Böhme: The Signature of All Things(Everyman’s Library).

Pater: [ Studies in the History of] The Renaissance. 16

Oldham: The Renaissance(Temple Cyclopaedic Primers).

Montaigne: Essays(Everyman’s Library or Temple Classics).


Ueberweg [Friedrich]: History of Philosophy. [1876]

Windelband [Wilhelm]: History of Philosophy. [2 vols, 1893]

Windelband [Wilhelm]: History of Ancient Philosophy[1899] 17

Gomperz [Theodor]: Greek Thinkers. [4 vols, 1912] 18

Rogers [Arthur Kenyon]: Student’s History of Philosophy. [1901]

Cushman [Herbert Ernest]: [ A Beginner’s] History of Ancient Philosophy. [1911]

Dickinson, L. [G. Lowes]: Study of Greek Life[ The Greek View of Life]. [1896; 6 thed., 1909] 19

Taylor, H. O.: Ancient Ideals. [1896...

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