Course date

17 July - 28 July, 2006
Application deadline:
15 February, 2006
Course Director(s): 

Istvan Barany

Eotvos Lorand University , Faculty of Art, Aesthetics, Budapest, Hungary

Gabor Betegh

Faculty of Classics, Christ’s College, Cambridge University, UK

Istvan Bodnar

Central European University, Philosophy, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Katerina Ierodiakonou

Oxford University, United Kingdom

Myles Burnyeat

Oxford University, The Classics Centre, All Souls College, United Kingdom

Allan Gotthelf

University of Pittsburgh, United States of America

Mark Schiefsky

Harvard University, Department of the Classics, Cambridge, United States of America

David Sedley

University of Cambridge, Christ's College, Ancient Philosophy, United Kingdom

The course will concentrate on the relationship of philosophy and scientific thought in the Greco-Roman world, from the Presocratics through the Hellenistic age up to the close of classical antiquity. We would like to investigate how mathematics, natural sciences, astronomy, and medicine influenced philosophy, and on the other hand, how philosophy and its methods and techniques framed science and scientific knowledge. Our intention is that the course should address basic questions of interrelatedness, and should show how questions asked and methods used either in science or in philosophy fertilized other areas of intellectual activity. The focus will be on questions concerning the structure of knowledge, methodology, second order theories, argumentativity, demonstrational techniques, and polemics.