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Course module: FRRMV16012
Topics in Hellenistic Philosophy
Course infoSchedule
Course codeFRRMV16012
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Filosofie en Religiewetenschap RMA;
Contact personprof. dr. T.L. Tieleman
Telephone+31 30 2535583
prof. dr. T.L. Tieleman
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. T.L. Tieleman
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Teaching period
2  (14/11/2016 to 03/02/2017)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotA: MON-morning, TUE-afternoon, WED-morning
Study mode
RemarkCounts towards the fulfillment of the “Topics Seminar” requirement for RMA Philosophy. Well suited to HPS students.
Enrolment periodfrom 31/10/2016 09:00 up to and including 01/11/2016 23:59
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
The intended purpose of this Topics Seminar is for the participating student  (1) to become familiar with positions taken in the current debates over the specific topic area of the course; (2) to appreciate the arguments for and against the positions; and (3) to develop an independent judgment about the most promising approach in this area.  Specifically the course aims to provide:
·         a general overview over key thinkers and themes from the Hellenistic and Roman periods;
·         an advanced understanding of the topic as developed and discussed by philosophers from this period; and
·         a contextualization of the philosophical discussions of this period.
This “Topics Seminar” explores in depth various texts related to a topic in the philosophy of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, periods that include  such schools as Stoicism, Epicureanism, Scepticism and Cynicism.
The Topic for 2016-17:  Philosophical and Medical Perspectives on Emotion (Epicurus, Galen, and the Stoics)

This course is for Students History and Philosophy of Science, RMA Philosophy. Students of other MA-programmes, please contact the Course Coordinator.  

Interested M.A. exchange students with a strong background in philosophy may qualify to take the course; however, they should first contact the RMA Philosophy coordinator:
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Broad familiarity with undergraduate-level work in the areas covered in the course. Students from outside the RMA programme who have not completed MA or advanced undergraduate courses in this area should consult the instructor before enrolling.
Private study materials
Will be made available via Blackboard.
Required materials
Instructional formats

General remarks
The course is taught in the form of a seminars in which lecture, close reading, discussion, group work and presentations are integrated.

Class session preparation
Students are expect to have read carefully the required reading in advance of the seminar meeting and to be prepared to participate actively in the discussion of the texts and related issues.

Contribution to group work
Active participation, including taking responsibility for the discussions in groups.

Active participation
Test weight0
Minimum grade-

Test weight70
Minimum grade-

In the final paper, to be submitted ultimately one week after the end of the course, this historical background has to be incorporated in a systematic discussion of a problem from the range of topics discussed in the course.
Historical knowledge; handling of difficult philosophical texts; ability to raise and discuss philosophically significant questions.

During this course, students will have to work on a final paper. Writing this paper will take place in two steps: after the fourth week, students will do a take-home tentamen. This is exploratory in nature, and discusses relevant historical background for the topic of the final paper.

Take-home prelim
Test weight30
Minimum grade-

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