Courses: Aristotle (PHILH212B01)

Spring 2008

Description: The course will provide a detailed overview of some major themes in the philosophy of Aristotle (384-322 BCE). We’ll focus primarily on topics in Aristotle’s metaphysics, philosophy of science, “psychology” (theory of the soul), ethics, and politics. In studying Aristotle’s views in these areas, we’ll be particularly concerned to explore some of the central devices of Aristotelian thought – for instance, the notion of substance, the Aristotelian conception of adequate explanation, and the distinction between potentiality and actuality. We’ll also look at some of Aristotle’s criticisms of his predecessors (especially Plato), and we’ll consider how those criticisms function in the elaboration of Aristotle’s own doctrines.

Syllabus: View course syllabus

Fulfills: HU III


Philosophy (Web site)

Taught By

Ravi Sharma (Profile)


Haverford, Hall 112

Meeting Times

TTh 1:00-2:30