Department of Classics

Alexander Mourelatos


Professor EmeritusPhD, Yale

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Classics
Alexander Mourelatos

Contact

  • Phone: 512-471-6749
  • Office: WAG 200C
  • Office Hours: By appointment only
  • Campus Mail Code: C3500

Interests


Ancient Philosophy, Early Greek Science, Linguistic Theory, Modern Greek Studies

Biography


Fields: ancient philosophy, early Greek science, linguistic theory, Modern Greek studies

An internationally renowned specialist in the pre-Socratics and ancient Greek cosmology, he has published widely in classics, ancient philosophy, ancient science, and linguistics. He is author of The Route of Parmenides (1970; expanded and revised edn. Parmenides Publishing, 2008), and editor of an influential collection on The Pre-Socratics (revised edition, Princeton, 1993). He founded, and for many years directed, the Joint Classics-Philosophy Program in Ancient Philosophy. He has held major academic fellowships, NEH, ACLS, and Guggenheim; has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, N.J.; and has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Athens, Greece (1994), and inducted as corresponding member of the Academy of Athens, Greece (2000).

Courses


C C 348 • Hist Of Ancient Philosophy

32560-32570 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM WAG 302
(also listed as PHL 329K)

C C 348 Topics in Ancient Civilization:

The development and progress of ancient civilization, including history, philosophy, literature, and culture. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

 

GK 390 • Three Ancient Cosmologists

32767 • Spring 2010
Meets TH 5:00PM-8:00PM WAG 210
(also listed as PHL 381)

GK 390 Seminar in Classical Studies:

Selected topics in Greek studies. Topics given in recent years include Mycenaean documents, Aristotle's ethics, Archaic poetry, and Plato's Symposium.

PHL 329L • Early Mod Phl: Descartes-Kant

42420-42430 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WAG 214

This course is an introduction to early modern philosophy. The objectives of the class are to identify and analyze arguments in philosophical texts of the early modern period, and to become familiar with central themes and problems. Topics include causation, substance, and the possibility of knowledge. The relationship of philosophical theories to contemporary science will be an ongoing theme.

PHL 375M • Early Greek Philosophy-W

42509 • Spring 2009
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM GAR 1.134

Topic 1: Philosophy and Feminism

C C 348 • Hist Of Ancient Philosophy

32850-32855 • Fall 2008
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WAG 302
(also listed as PHL 329K)

C C 348 Topics in Ancient Civilization:

The development and progress of ancient civilization, including history, philosophy, literature, and culture. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

 

GK 390 • Xenophanes

33070 • Fall 2008
Meets TH 7:00PM-10:00PM WAG 210
(also listed as PHL 381)

GK 390 Seminar in Classical Studies:

Selected topics in Greek studies. Topics given in recent years include Mycenaean documents, Aristotle's ethics, Archaic poetry, and Plato's Symposium.

GK 390 • Three Ancient Cosmologists

32215 • Spring 2007
Meets T 7:00PM-10:00PM WAG 210
(also listed as PHL 381)

GK 390 Seminar in Classical Studies:

Selected topics in Greek studies. Topics given in recent years include Mycenaean documents, Aristotle's ethics, Archaic poetry, and Plato's Symposium.

PHL 329L • Early Mod Phl: Descartes-Kant

42980-42995 • Spring 2007
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WAG 302

This course is an introduction to early modern philosophy. The objectives of the class are to identify and analyze arguments in philosophical texts of the early modern period, and to become familiar with central themes and problems. Topics include causation, substance, and the possibility of knowledge. The relationship of philosophical theories to contemporary science will be an ongoing theme.

GK 390 • Pre-Socratics

31320 • Spring 2006
Meets TH 7:00PM-10:00PM WAG 210
(also listed as PHL 381)

GK 390 Seminar in Classical Studies:

Selected topics in Greek studies. Topics given in recent years include Mycenaean documents, Aristotle's ethics, Archaic poetry, and Plato's Symposium.

PHL 329L • Early Mod Phl: Descartes-Kant

42170-42185 • Spring 2006
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM WAG 420

This course is an introduction to early modern philosophy. The objectives of the class are to identify and analyze arguments in philosophical texts of the early modern period, and to become familiar with central themes and problems. Topics include causation, substance, and the possibility of knowledge. The relationship of philosophical theories to contemporary science will be an ongoing theme.

C C 348 • Hist Of Ancient Philosophy

30585-30600 • Fall 2005
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WAG 420
(also listed as PHL 329K)

C C 348 Topics in Ancient Civilization:

The development and progress of ancient civilization, including history, philosophy, literature, and culture. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

 

PHL 375M • Pre-Socratic Philosophy-W

42300 • Fall 2005
Meets W 7:00PM-10:00PM MEZ 2.118

Topic 1: Philosophy and Feminism

PHL 329L • Early Mod Phl: Descartes-Kant

39220-39235 • Spring 2004
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WAG 302

This course is an introduction to early modern philosophy. The objectives of the class are to identify and analyze arguments in philosophical texts of the early modern period, and to become familiar with central themes and problems. Topics include causation, substance, and the possibility of knowledge. The relationship of philosophical theories to contemporary science will be an ongoing theme.

PHL 381 • Greek Cosmology

39385 • Spring 2004
Meets TH 3:30PM-6:30PM WAG 210

Past topics include major figures and movements in ancient, medieval, early modern, and nineteenth- and twentieth - century philosophy. 

PHL 329L • Early Mod Phl: Descartes-Kant

39350-39365 • Spring 2003
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WAG 214

This course is an introduction to early modern philosophy. The objectives of the class are to identify and analyze arguments in philosophical texts of the early modern period, and to become familiar with central themes and problems. Topics include causation, substance, and the possibility of knowledge. The relationship of philosophical theories to contemporary science will be an ongoing theme.

PHL 365 • Materialism

39460 • Spring 2003
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WAG 201

Topic 2: Introduction to Cognitive Science

Topic 5: Contemporary American Social Theory

Topic 6: Process Philosophy and Pragmatism

C C 348 • Hist Of Ancient Philosophy

28585-28600 • Fall 2002
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BUR 208
(also listed as PHL 329K)

C C 348 Topics in Ancient Civilization:

The development and progress of ancient civilization, including history, philosophy, literature, and culture. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

 

GK 390 • Pre-Socratics

28840 • Fall 2002
Meets M 1:00PM-4:00PM WAG 210
(also listed as PHL 381)

GK 390 Seminar in Classical Studies:

Selected topics in Greek studies. Topics given in recent years include Mycenaean documents, Aristotle's ethics, Archaic poetry, and Plato's Symposium.

PHL 329L • Early Mod Phl: Descartes-Kant

39075-39090 • Spring 2001
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WAG 302

This course is an introduction to early modern philosophy. The objectives of the class are to identify and analyze arguments in philosophical texts of the early modern period, and to become familiar with central themes and problems. Topics include causation, substance, and the possibility of knowledge. The relationship of philosophical theories to contemporary science will be an ongoing theme.

PHL 381 • Plato's Universe

39255 • Spring 2001
Meets T 12:30PM-3:30PM WAG 210

Past topics include major figures and movements in ancient, medieval, early modern, and nineteenth- and twentieth - century philosophy. 

GK 390 • Pre-Socratics

28220 • Spring 2000
Meets M 4:00PM-7:00PM WAG 210
(also listed as PHL 381)

GK 390 Seminar in Classical Studies:

Selected topics in Greek studies. Topics given in recent years include Mycenaean documents, Aristotle's ethics, Archaic poetry, and Plato's Symposium.

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