Ancient Philosophy and Science
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Philosophy
Course Number: GPHI 6126
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Social Sciences
  • Philosophy
This course considers the birth of Greek science out of the spirit of Philosophy. We will discuss Plato’s and Platonic theoretical philosophy as a project involving an ontology that follows patterns established within Pythagorean philosophy and mathematics. We will look into the constitution of being in its relation to number and the cognitive faculties; the constitution of the world as a cosmos produced according to a mathematical (geometrical) model; and the starting points of thinking (definitions, axioms and postulates) and their role in establishing knowledge about those things that cannot be otherwise. We will also examine Aristotle’s criticism of Plato’s ‘mathematical’ ontology, as well as the atomistic philosophical and scientific program. Finally, we will discuss the appropriation of the Pythagorean-Platonic program in Euclid and its philosophical interpretation and grand synthesis in Proclus.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Undergraduate students.