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PHL3240

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dirk Baltzly

Synopsis

We will examine those aspects of Aristotle's philosophy that have had the greatest impact on western thought. From his logical works we will consider his views on universals and particulars, his account of the nature of scientific knowledge and its origins in sense experience. From his Physics we will examine the distinction between matter and form, and the question of whether the world has a beginning. We will consider his account of the nature of humans and rational thought in On the soul. Finally, we will examine the consequences of Aristotle's metaphysical views in his ethics and politics. In each case we will advert to later developments in aristotelianism.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete the subject will be able to explain central themes from the works of Aristotle in the light of scholarship on the subject; have some acquaintance with the influence of these themes on western thought; and offer good reasons for or against the claim that Aristotle's view are right. Finally you will be able to incorporate into their work the interpretative principles (such as charity and consistency) which are used by historians of philosophy.

Assessment

Written work: 60% (2500 words)
Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Nick Eliopoulos

Contact hours

2 hours per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Philosophy
Classical studies

Prerequisites

12 points in second year philosophy units.

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/philosophy/ugrad/units/phl3240.php