Date of Award

Spring 1950

Document Type





This dissertation deals with the philosophy of the ancient Greeks, from whom we have inherited part of our philosophical tradition. In the twenty-two and on-half centuries that have elapsed since philosophy came to birth in the Greek colony of Ionia, the framework and general direction of many items of philosophical thinking have undergone few developments which have departed very radically from the patterns laid down by the Greeks themselves in their centuries of speculation. If we follow the course of Greek philosophy through its first 300 years of life, from birth to maturity, we shall get a very good picture of what philosophy can fathom and what its primary problems are. From the study of Greek philosophy there also can be secured an excellent background for medieval philosophy, which to an extent, drew from the wisdom of the Greeks.

The history of philosophy can be divided into two main divisions, namely, Ancient or Pre-Christian Philosophy and Philosophy of the Christian Era. Each division has several divisions in turn, which can be seen in the following outline.