Faculty of Arts
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|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered||Clayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)|
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2013 (Off-campus)
|Coordinator(s)||Assoc Prof Dirk Baltzly (First semester); TBA (Second semester)|
Previously coded PHL3890
This unit introduces the student to the philosophical systems of these rival Hellenistic schools and examines their interaction, evolution and relevance to contemporary philosophical problems. Among the issues that concern the stoics and epicureans are questions about happiness and fulfilment; coping with the inevitability of death; fatalism and moral responsibility; and the role and relevance of god in a purely material universe. A proper understanding of the truths revealed by the systems was thought to make the fully educated stoic or epicurean 'a mortal god'-blessed and happy, utterly immune to the vagaries of misfortune and fearless in the face of death.
Students who complete the subject successfully should:
Written work: 70% (3500 words)
Assoc Prof Dirk Baltzly (First semester); TBA (Second semester)
On-campus: 2 hours (one 2-hour seminar) per week. OCL: workshops optional
12 points 2-level PHL, 12 points in Classical Studies, or permission of Instructor