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Undergraduate Course: Aristotle (PHIL10130)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will introduce students to the main concepts and arguments of Aristotle's philosophy, and examine the links between Aristotelian and modern philosophy. It will commence with a survey of Aristotle's theories of truth and scientific method and proceed to the metaphysics of substance and some of its applications in philosophy of mind and ethics. The main texts to look at will include Physics, Posterior Analytics, Metaphysics, De anima, and selections from the ethical corpus.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment (PHIL08016) AND ( Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) OR Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course, students will be able to:
- grasp and analyse some of the central concepts in Aristotle's logic, philosophy of language, metaphysics and philosophy of mind
- state and discuss the main principles and arguments of Aristotle's theories of truth, method and explanation; hylomorphic metaphysics of substance and its applications in philosophy of mind
- understand the nature and methods of ancient philosophical debates and their relevance to modern discussions of the same topics
- situate Aristotle and Peripatetics within their own intellectual context
- read ancient philosophical texts in a more expert way, using analytic and critical tools (with respect to both doctrinal and textual problems)

Students will also acquire the following transferable skills:
- written skills
- analytical skills
- oral communication skills
- the ability to recognise and critically assess an argument
- the ability to do literature searches for both primary and secondary sources

Reading List
Primary sources:

Full corpus in English:

J. Barnes (ed), The Complete Works of Aristotle, Volumes I and II, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984

Substantive selections covering most of the course material:

J. Ackrill, A New Aristotle Reader, OUP, 1979
T. Irwin and Fine, G., Aristotle: Selections, Translated with Introduction, Notes, and Glossary, Indianapolis: Hackett, 1995

Secondary sources:

General Introductions:

Ackrill, J., Aristotle the Philosopher, OUP, 1981.
Jaeger, W., Aristotle: Fundamentals of the History of his Development, OUP, 1934.
Lear, J., Aristotle: the Desire to Understand, CUP, 1988.Ross, W. D., Aristotle, London: Methuen and Co., 1923
Lloyd, G.E.R. Aristotle: The Growth and Structure of his Thought. Cambridge, 1968
Shields, C., Aristotle, London: Routledge, 2007.

Monographs and article collections:

J. Barnes (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle, CUP, 1995
J. Barnes, M. Schofield, R. Sorabji, Articles on Aristotle, vols 1 - 4, Duckworth, 1979
J. Beere, Doing and Being: an Interpretation of Aristotle Metaphysics IX, OUP, 2011
E. Berti (ed), Aristotle on Science, Padova: Antenore, 1981
D. Bostock, Space, Time, Matter and Form: Essays on Aristotle's Physics, OUP, 2006
D. Charles, Aristotle's Theory of Action, Cornell University Press, 1984
U. Coope, Time for Aristotle, OUP, 2005
P. Crivelli, Aristotle on Truth, CUP, 2004
M. Furth, Substance, Form and Psyche: An Aristotelian Metaphysics, CUP, 1988
M.L. Gill, Aristotle on Substance: The Paradox of Unity, Princeton, 1989
A. Gotthelf (ed) Aristotle on Nature and Living Things, Pittsburgh, 1985
A. Gotthelf and J. Lennox (eds) Philosophical Issues in Aristotle's Biology, CUP, 1987
P. Gregoric, Aristotle on Common Sense, OUP, 2006
R.J. Hankinson, Cause and Explanation in Ancient Greek Thought, OUP, 1998
E. Hartman, Substance, Body and Soul: Aristotelian Investigations, Princeton, 1977
T.H. Irwin, Aristotle's First Principles, OUP, 1988
T.H. Irwin, The Development of Ethics, vol. 1, OUP, 2007
V. Kal, On Intuition and Discursive Reasoning in Aristotle, Leiden: Brill, 1988
R.A.H. King, Aristotle on Life and Death, Duckworth, 2000
M.R. Johnson, Aristotle on Teleology, OUP, 2007
G. Lear, Happy Lives and the Highest Good: an Essay on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, OUP, 2004
J.G. Lennox, Aristotle's Philosophy of Biology, CUP, 2000
G.E.R. Lloyd (ed), Aristotle on Mind and the Senses, CUP, 1978
G.E.R. Lloyd, Aristotelian Explorations, Cambridge, 1996
H. Lorenz, The Brute Within, OUP, 2006
D. Modrak, Aristotle: the Power of Perception, Chicago, 1987
D. Modrak, Aristotle's Theory of Language and Meaning, CUP, 2000
M. Mohan (ed) Aristotle Today: Essays on Aristotle's Ideal of Science, Edmonton, AB, 1987
B. Morison, Aristotle on Location, OUP, 2003
M.C. Nussbaum, A.O. Rorty (eds) Essays on Aristotle's De anima, 2nd edition, OUP, 1992
P. Pellegrin, Aristotle's Classification of Animals, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1986
A.O. Rorty (ed) Essays on Aristotle's Ethics, Berkeley, Univesity of California Press, 1980
F. Solmsen, Aristotle's System of Physical World, Cornell University Press, 1961
R.R.K. Sorabji, Necessity, Cause, and Blame, Duckworth, 1980
R.R.K. Sorabji, Matter, Space, and Motion, Duckworth, 1988
S. Waterlow, Nature, Change, and Agency in Aristotle's Physics, OUP, 1982
M. Wedin, Mind and Imagination in Aristotle, Yale University Press, 1988
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