Course Code: 5XST05B20
Start Date: 08/01/2021Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 5
During the late Greek and Roman period, two main approaches to Philosophy were developed and disseminated. Both Epicureanism and Stoicism were responses to difficult times, and both have continued to exert a potent influence on later generations. Epicurus promoted appreciation of simple pleasures, friendship and appreciation of the life we have, without attention to any supernatural beings, whilst the Stoics put emphasis on cultivating equanimity and the brotherhood of mankind. We shall consider the history of these two movements as well as their enduring influence. No prior knowledge is expected.