WEEK #  TOPICS  KEY DATES 

1  Introduction  
I. Knowing  
2 
A. Logos as Definition: What is “What is?” B. Knowledge as Power / Knowledge as Virtue 

3 
C. Definition and the Essence of Things D. The Idea of a Proof 

II. Logos and Arithmos  
4 
Quality, Quantity, Relation, Multitude, Magnitude, Logos as Ratio The Greek Conception of Number (What’s Not a Number?) 

III. Measuring the Unmeasurable  
5  A. Putting the Irrational in Ratio  
6  B. Fitting Ideas to the World  First Paper Due 
7  C. The Pursuit of Truth and the Idea of an Idea  
8 & 9  D. The Truth as a Surd  Rewrite Due 
10  E. Potentiality as a Way of Being  
IV. The Limits of Mathematics?  
11  Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics  
12  Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (cont.)  
V. The Modern Conception of Number and the Detachment from Reality  
13  Isaac Newton’s Arithmetica Universalis  
14 
“The World of Physics and the ‘Natural World” “The Sources of Modern Symbolic Mathematics” 
Second Paper Due 
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