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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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18 avr. 2020

Excellent course. This course has opened up ancient philosophy to me and made it accessible. I feel I have finished the course a good understanding of such keys texts as Plato's Republic and Timaeus.


8 mars 2016

Good intro to early Greek philosophy. Dr Meyer has a simple and subtly humorous approach to the material. Dr Meyer makes the subject approachable so that the student wants to do further reading.

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par Stephen W

8 mars 2017

Wonderful course! Can't wait to start Part 2 of the series...

par Angelo G M B

8 oct. 2020

Me pareció fascinante, sorprendente y totalmente apasionante

par Ola K

22 oct. 2017

This is the foundation to most, if not all, modern thinking.

par Arijit D

2 avr. 2016

Excellent course, a brief survey of pre-Socratic philosophy.

par Sabrina M

13 mai 2021

This course is very good and the teacher is clear and nice.

par David M H Q

14 nov. 2020

Ha sido un curso estupendo, deseando de empezar el segundo.

par Amy X

7 août 2020

this course is a great gift for the world that is in crisis

par Vivek C S

29 mars 2016

Very well delivered and an Enriching learning experience...

par Warren D W

9 oct. 2021

Enlightening to say the least. Challenging but rewarding!

par Alexandru T

21 avr. 2020

Wonderful introduction to the world of ancient philosophy!

par Natalia G

21 mars 2019

Clear course to get introduced into ancient philosophers.

par matias j

25 avr. 2020

An amazing trip throughout the ancient greek philosophy.

par Warley R

30 oct. 2016

Great course, excellent curriculum and teaching method.

par Najib A A A A

12 août 2020

This course is very important to understand the living


9 juin 2020

Very wholesome experience studying Ancient Philosophy!

par Jary v B

7 mars 2016

Excellent teacher. Great introduction into philosophy.

par Steffen W

29 mai 2020

fantastic course, very well explained and structured!

par Juvenal N

23 avr. 2020

Excellent course and tutor! Highly recommended! AAA++

par Jacob

24 oct. 2019

Very well spoken outline of Greek philosophy. Thanks.

par Priya B

2 août 2020

Excellent content and very well explained/delivered.

par Andrew F

29 juin 2020

Wonderful explication of Plato and his predecessors.

par Callie G

4 mai 2020

Well-articulated lectures, and good reading material

par Vilmos F

30 avr. 2020

It made things very easy to understand and exciting.

par Achyuth N

26 août 2020

It certainly increased my curiosity in this matter.

par Paul A A

15 sept. 2019

Well done. A little superficial, but a great start.