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PHIL 210: Ancient Philosophy: In-Class Activity

Introducing Coggle

Coggle is an online program, brought to us by Google, that allows us to work collaboratively on creating a concept map.  (Kaity Fain, Educational Technologist for the Humanities here at the University of Puget Sound, provides an excellent review of Coggle in a recent blog post.)

1.  Create a Coggle account.  You must use a gmail address when signing up.  We will be using the free version.

2.  Katy Curtis will add you to the PHIL 215 Coggle page during the class session.

3.  You'll be able to find the map under "Shared with You" on the left navigation bar.

Coggle Commands

Zoom, undo, and paste copied items by right clicking the background.

When typing

  • New Item: shift+enter
  • New Child Item: tab
  • Jump to Parent: shift+tab


  • Remove Branch: alt+click
  • Insert Branch: shift+ click
  • Transplant Branch: shift+drag
  • Add: drag and drop
  • Zoom: ctrl+mousewheel
  • Undo: ctrl+Z
  • Redo: ctrl+shift+Z

In-Class Project

In class today, we collectively will create a Coggle map that will help us summarize and contextualize the views of ancient women philosophers. We will use primary sources and tertiary sources to help create our map.

The primary sources will be provided in class - short texts written by women associated with the Pythagorean tradition. Each group will work with one short passage.

The tertiary source we will use is the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - an online scholarly encyclopedia in the field. To understand more about the views exposed in your passage, scan the entries on "Pythagoras" and "Pythagoreanism" to see if you can identify any overlapping views. How do these women fit into the Pythagorean tradition?

This selection might not give you a complete view of Pythagoreanism, especially not as it’s typically studied (i.e. via the male sources), but that’s ok. Our map may help you find the commonalities between the views of these women.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a dynamic, online scholarly encyclopedia in which entries are kept up to date by an expert or groups of experts in the field.

Primary Texts

All primary texts can be found in:

Waithe, Mary Ellen. Ancient Women Philosophers, 600 B.C.-500 A.D. Kluwer Academic, 1987.

Group 1: Arignote and Theano

Group 2: Aesara of Lucania

Group 3: Phyntis of Sparta

Group 4: Perictione I

Group 5: Theano II