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PHIL 6634 Cosmic City:Hellenistic&Early Christian Philosophy (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

A study of Hellenistic and early Christian theories of normativity and community. Focuses particularly upon: (1) Augustine's attempt to synthesize the Stoic theory of natural inclinations as normative (`natural law theory') with a Platonic (proximately Plotinian and Victorine) account of transcendent moral standards (`eternal law theory'); and (2) the ways in which Augustine's account of the `two cosmic cities' is developed critically from the Stoic claim that the entire cosmos is one city (polis) and from middle- and neo-Platonic models of how the cosmos is structured and inhabited. Some comparisons/contrasts will be made with ostensibly similar contemporary theories

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah Byers

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17