Political Animals: Life and Thought in Ancient Greece
Location: Greece and Turkey
Course: PHIL 250/POSC 250, offered every other year
Ancient Greece is traditionally understood as the birthplace of philosophical, political, and scientific inquiry. Students walk the path Socrates walked, sit in the theatre where Aristophanes' plays were performed, and ascend Pericles' breathtaking acropolis. How are we to understand the very different world of the ancient Greeks? What might we learn from their religious practices, their literature, their political institutions and norms, and the systems of philosophical thought they developed (most notably in the work of Plato and Aristotle)? What does antiquity have to teach us about ourselves, and how might our study of ancient Greece inform the way we approach enduring questions about knowledge, virtue, and justice? Students explore these questions where the West has some of its deepest roots: ancient Athens.
Program leaders: Professor Associate Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program Jeremy Wisnewski and Assistant Professor of Political Science Matt Voorhees
Length of program: 21 days