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Ancient Philosophy

 At Stanford the departments of Philosophy and Classics cooperate to offer a joint program in Ancient Philosophy at both graduate and undergraduate levels. The graduate program is designed to provide students with the training and specialist skills and knowledge needed for research and teaching in ancient philosophy while producing scholars who are fully trained as either philosophers (with a strong specialization in ancient languages and philology) or classicists (with a concentration philosophy). The program is jointly administered by the Departments of Classics and Philosophy and is overseen by a joint committee composed of members of both departments.

Admission in the Joint Program in Ancient Phiosophy
Students are admitted to the program by either department. Graduate students admitted by the Philosophy Department will receive their Ph.D. from the Philosophy Department. Graduate students admitted by the Classics Department will receive their Ph.D. from the Classics Department. For Philosophy graduate students, this program will provide training in classical languages, literature, culture, and history. For Classics graduate students, this program will provide training in the history of philosophy and in contemporary philosophy. 

Each student in the program will be advised by a committee consisting of one Professor in each department.

Requirements for Philosophy Graduate Students
These remain the same as the Proficiency Requirements for the Ph.D. in Philosophy with the following exceptions:

  1. The student is exempted from the breadth requirement, and
  2. If the student has already taken two courses in modern philosophy, she need not take a course in modern philosophy to satisfy requirement 1 (a) (2).

One year of Greek is a requirement for admission to the program. If students have had a year of Latin, they are required to take 3 courses in 2nd or 3rd year Greek or Latin (at least one of which must be in Latin). If they have not had a year of Latin, they are then required to (a) complete a year of Latin, and (b) take 2 courses in 2nd or 3rd year Greek or Latin. 

Students are also required to take at least 3 courses in Ancient Philosophy at the 200 level or above (one of which must be in the Classics department and two of which must be in the Philosophy department).

Requirements for Classics Graduate Students
Students must fulfill all the requirements for the Graduate Program in Classics. Students will also be required to take three courses in the Philosophy Department at the 200 level or higher (including 100/200). These must include: 1 course in Logic--this can be satisfied by a logic course at any level, not just 200 level or higher, 1 course in Aesthetics, Ethics or Political Philosophy, 1 course in Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, or Philosophy of Science. 

Students are also required to take at least 3 courses in Ancient Philosophy at the 200 level or above (one of which must be in the Philosophy Department). 

Students must choose Ancient Philosophy as one of the four Areas on the General Exam. 

This adds 4 courses in the Philosophy Department to our Ph.D. requirements. In order to allow students to fit these into their curriculum, all of the courses taken in the Philosophy Department will count for seminar credit (i.e. as contributing to the 12-seminar requirement in the Ph.D. program in Classics).