• [2] September 28 - The Greek cosmos. From mythos to logos.

      The unique discovery of the logos over mythos. The emergence of rational discourse and philosophy. Philosophy as a reasoned (scientific) way of life. What does the idea of the cosmos mean, and what are the implications? Major steps in the development of Greek science: the mathematical and astronomical discoveries. 'Saving the phenomena.' 

      Assigned reading:

      G. E. R. Lloyd, Magic, Reason and Experience, Cambridge, 1979, ch. 1.

      Versnel, Henk S., “Thrice One. Three Greek Experiments in Oneness,” One God or Many? Concepts of Divinity in the Ancient World, ed. Barbara N. Porter, Chebeague, Casco Bay Assyriological Society, 2000, pp. 79-163.