GK 390 • Aristotle's Metaphysics
12:30 PM-3:30 PM
This course will survey the early and central books of Aristotle's Metaphysics; among the topics we will consider will be: Aristotle's criticism of his predecessors; his conception of metaphysical problems; has argument for the apriori certainty of 'laws of thought'; his discussion and disambiguation of key philosophical terms in the 'Lexicon'; his treatment of cause and coincidence; his theory of substance, matter and form; and his doctrine of potentiality and actuality. No knowledge of Greek will be assumed - although it will be a help.. Grading Policy Assessment: 1 term paper (90%); class participation (10%).
Text: Aristotle's Metaphysics I-IX (trans. Tredennick: Loeb Classical Library)