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What is philosophy? How does it differ from science, religion, and other modes of human discourse? This course traces the origins of philosophy in the Western tradition in the thinkers of Ancient Greece. We begin with the Presocratic natural philosophers who were active in Ionia in the 6th century BCE and are also credited with being the first scientists. Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximines made bold proposals about the ultimate constituents of reality, while Heraclitus insisted that there is an underlying order to the changing world. Parmenides of Elea formulated a powerful objection to all these proposals, while later Greek theorists (such as Anaxagoras and the atomist Democritus) attempted to answer that objection. In fifth-century Athens, Socrates insisted on the importance of the fundamental ethical question—“How shall I live?”—and his pupil, Plato, and Plato’s pupil, Aristotle, developed elaborate philosophical systems to explain the nature of reality, knowledge, and human happiness. After the death of Aristotle, in the Hellenistic period, Epicureans and Stoics developed and transformed that earlier tradition. We will study the major doctrines of all these thinkers. Part I will cover Plato and his predecessors. Part II will cover Aristotle and his successors....
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Recommandé : 5 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week

Approx. 15 heures pour terminer
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English

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Aristotle’s Categories

Aristotle’s anti-Platonic metaphysics: the ultimate realities are ordinary objects of our experience, like people and animals. Each of these is a substances, the most fundamental type of being....
Reading
6 vidéos (Total 49 min), 1 lecture, 2 quiz
Video6 vidéos
Introduction to Aristotle5 min
Subjects and Predicates8 min
Universals and Particulars8 min
Substance and Subject11 min
Subjects of Change8 min
Reading1 lecture
Aristotle's Categories10 min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Subjects and Predicates10 min
Substances & Subjects10 min

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Section
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2 heures pour terminer

Aristotle's Natural Philosophy

Natural substances have matter and form, and natural processes are goal-directed. Every living thing, plants and animals included, has a soul that moves it....
Reading
6 vidéos (Total 57 min), 2 lectures, 3 quiz
Video6 vidéos
Nature12 min
Is Form or Matter Nature?5 min
The Four Causes10 min
Natural Teleology10 min
Soul As Cause8 min
Reading2 lectures
Aristotle's Physics10 min
Aristotle's On the Soul10 min
Quiz3 exercices pour s'entraîner
Change & Nature6 min
Causes in Nature10 min
Aristotelian Souls4 min

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Aristotle's Ethics

The motion of the universe is eternal and its cause is an eternal unmoved mover, Aristotle’s god. Our goal in life is to achieve happiness, which comes in two varieties: the human happiness we achieve by exercising the virtues of character, and the godlike happiness we achieve when we grasp eternal truths....
Reading
9 vidéos (Total 83 min), 2 lectures, 2 quiz
Video9 vidéos
The First Mover of the Cosmos9 min
The Unmoved Mover10 min
The Goal of Life7 min
What Are You Doing With Your Life?6 min
Happiness and Living Well9 min
Pleasure and the Human Function9 min
Virtue of Character8 min
Godlike Virtue10 min
Reading2 lectures
Aristotle's Metaphysics10 min
Aristotle's Ethics10 min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
The Unmoved Mover10 min
Aristotle's Ethics10 min

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Epicureanism

Epicureans return to the atomism of Democritus, and find no purpose in nature. Philosophy is a therapeutic practice that removes fear and anxiety and provides us with the tranquility (ataraxia) of the gods....
Reading
8 vidéos (Total 66 min), 4 lectures, 2 quiz
Video8 vidéos
Nature and the Gods9 min
Therapeutic Philosophy9 min
Death Is Nothing To Us6 min
What's Wrong With Death?7 min
Ataraxia8 min
Restricting Desire7 min
Enduring Pain8 min
Reading4 lectures
The Letter to Menoeceus10 min
The Letter of Epicurus to Herodotus10 min
On the nature of the gods10 min
Principal Doctrines10 min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Gods and Death8 min
Pleasure and Pain12 min
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par DVAug 19th 2016

Very much enjoyed this course. Some areas were a review but in others I was able to gain a great deal of new insight into the philosophies that were covered. Many Thanks!

par NKJul 13th 2017

Absolutely amazing course. Very excellent teacher. She is eloquent, knowledgable and effective at teaching. The only sad part is that she only has 2 courses on Coursera.

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Susan Sauvé Meyer

Professor
Department of Philosophy

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