Spring 2021
Mirjam E. Kotwick
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In this seminar, we examine early Greek philosophers who wrote in verse or used poetic means of expression in prose. Empedocles is a focus of the class, but we also engage with Parmenides, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, and Hesiod. We read these authors as both philosophers and poets, and we reflect on the history and conceptual implications of the distinction between philosophy and poetry.