Los Angeles Valley College, Fall 2007            K.L. Ross, DrKelley@AOL.com
Philosophy 12, History of Greek Philosophy        Office:  Campus Center 224
W 6:45-9:55 PM (3281), CC 205                         Phone:  (818) 947-2467

       The Presocratic Philosophers, Kirk and Raven
       Greek Sophists, Dillon
       Symposium, Plato
       Aristotle for Everybody, Adler (suggested)

       Handouts for this class, with some web links and extra graphics,
       are on the World Wide Web at: http://www.friesian.org/valley/#12

CONTENTS:  The course is intended as a survey of the Ancient Western
           Philosophy that was written in the Greek and, to an extent, the
           Latin languages.  This divides into three periods, Greek
           Philosophy, Hellenistic Philosophy (which includes the early
           Roman period), and Philosophy in Late Antiquity (i.e. the Late
           Roman Empire).  But emphasis will be on the first period.

        Unit 1:  The Presocratics; Tentative Quiz, September 26

        Unit 2:  Greek Humanism, the Sophists, and Socrates;
                 Tentative midterm, October 24

        Unit 3:  Plato and Aristotle; Tentative Quiz November 21

        Unit 4:  Philosophy in the Hellenistic Period and Late Antiquity
                 Final:  Wednesday, December 19, 6:45 PM, CC 205.

ATTENDANCE:  This is primarily a lecture class:  tardiness
    and absences thus will result in missing material that cannot be found
    in the texts or in other sources.  The texts are primary sources
    which are not self-explanatory; and you will not find what I talk
    about in encyclopaedia articles or in most other books.  Believe me,
    you will not do well in the class unless you are present for the
    lectures or arrange to obtain lecture notes, and it is your
    responsibility to arrange with others to obtain the materials for
    classes that you miss.  You may tape record lectures.

    After the third week attendance is no longer taken for each class
    meeting.  However, attendance will be taken occasionally and randomly,
    and students with more than a week of absences may be excluded for
    non-attendance.  Do not report absences to me.  It is your own
    responsibility to drop the class if you wish to do so (final drop date:
    November 25th).  Anyone on the roster at the end of the semester
    who has not been present for the tests will receive an F.  It is your
    responsibility to obtain from other students any material or assignments
    you miss when absent.  If you miss any examinations, including the due
    date for take home exams, and you return within the period when a makeup
    is allowed, you must be prepared to take the test, or hand in any
    materials, promptly at the beginning of the class on the day you return.

    Holidays this semester are Veteran's Day, November 12; and Thanksgiving
    November 22-23.  The last day of classes is December 13.

    Note well:  Anyone who persistently disrupts my class by talking,
    arriving late, leaving early, repeatedly leaving & returning, or
    through any other distracting or inconsiderate behavior may be
    instructed to leave the class.  If you do not want to be here,
    don't come in the first place.

OFFICE HOURS:  My office hours are MW 7:30-8:00 & 11:10-11:45 AM, TuWTh
    6:30-6:45 PM, and by appointment in CC 224.  The phone number is (818)
    947-2467.  This is a direct line, and no one else will answer the phone.
    You should call during office hours.  If you call at other times, you
    can leave messages on voicemail.  Do not report absences, or your
    reasons for them, by voicemail.  Do not leave messages for me to call
    you, without the times you can be reached at your number.  I will not
    return calls if all you want is to be brought up to date for classes
    you have missed.  Any inquiries by e-mail can be answered within a
    couple of days:  DrKelley@AOL.com.  Identify the class in the subject
    line of the e-mail.

TESTS:  There will be one midterm exam, two quizzes, and a final.  The
    major exams will include multiple choice, short answer identifications,
    and essay questions.  The two quizzes will be all multiple choice.  The
    final will be comprehensive.  Make-up tests and quizzes will only be
    given until the exams are handed back.  If you miss a test, you
    must take the make-up the day that you return.  Do not ask to make
    up a test weeks after it has been given.  If you miss the final and
    cannot take it at another time I have scheduled, you cannot make it up
    during the current semester and will be credited with an F unless you
    request an Incomplete--which you may do simply by leaving a message
    for me before I turn in the grades.

    Point values are assigned to grades as follows:  F=0, D=3, C=6, B=9,
    A=12.  Minuses subtract one point, and pluses add one.  A C+ is thus
    worth 7. The grade on the final exam will be multiplied by two
    (Midterm I + Midterm II = Final).  The lowest midterm grade (or an F
    for a missed midterm) will be dropped if the grade is improved
    by the substitution of the grade of the other midterm or of the final
    with the penalty of one letter grade (sub-tracting 3
    points).  For instance, an A+ (13) on the final means that a
    midterm grade lower than a B+ (10) is replaced with a B+.  If the
    course grade is as much as 10 (B+), without rounding, an A will
    be awarded.  If a 7 (C+), a B; a 4 (D+), a C; and a 1 (F+), a D.

    In all tests in my classes, you are not expected to agree with
    me on any issue; but you are expected to know what has been
    presented in the course, both in the lectures and in the books, and to
    present reasons or arguments for any views you wish to advocate.
    Outside materials or opinions are welcome so long as they are not a
    substitute for awareness or discussion of the materials of the

    You are expected to do your own work, so do not prepare common essays
    with your study partners.  On a test, if I read an essay that I have
    already read, I will grade it down.  Do not simply reproduce the
    handouts or quote from them without attribution.  I reserve the
    right to exclude or fail anyone who turns in work that they have not
    done themselves, who plagiarizes, or who cheats in any other way.  I
    apologize in advance for the security measures it has become necessary
    to take to guard against cheating on examinations.  This is irritating
    and insulting for us all.

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