ES.113 Ancient Greek Philosophy and Mathematics


Class Info

Explores the relationship between ancient Greek philosophy and mathematics. Investigates how ideas of definition, reason, argument and proof, rationality/irrationality, number, quality and quantity, truth, and even the idea of an idea were shaped by the interplay of philosophic and mathematical inquiry. Examines how discovery of the incommensurability of magnitudes challenged the Greek presumption that the cosmos is fully understandable. Explores the influence of mathematics on ancient Greek ethical theories. Authors: Euclid, Plato, Aristotle, Nicomachus, Theon of Smyrna, Bacon, Descartes, Dedekind, and Newton. Preference to students in Concourse and ESG.

This class has no prerequisites.

ES.113 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by L. Perlman.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H. This class counts as a CI-H.

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