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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.


26 juil. 2020

I have never studied Philosophy before at school or on my own, but Professor Meyer made it very clear, interesting and fascinating for me to understand. Following this course has been a pleasure!

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par areaba s

17 mai 2020

It was a wonderful journey of 4 weeks of learning.

Thanks to the Greek legends and Professor Susan.

par Yifei W

18 août 2019

Really love this course! Very comprehensive coverage of Plato's theories and significant works. :)

par Oscar D

18 janv. 2018

Beautiful course. It made me inquire about things like I never did before. I enjoyed It very much.

par Mandhir S

22 mars 2021

Very nicely done by the Instructor. Just the correct amount of rigor for an introductory course.

par Sajid K

17 juin 2020

I really enjoyed doing this course! Loved the way the instructor explained complex ideas simply.

par Monica B

1 juin 2020

I have learned a lot about Plato and the philosophers who came before him. Thank you very much!

par Eduardo S P

11 mars 2016

I really enjoyed this course, the topics were fascinating and the explanations were very clear.

par Stephen B

4 déc. 2020

The thoughtful and meticulous videos provided significant insight into the reading materials.

par marc g

14 avr. 2020

Very comprehensive yet digestible! I never felt bored and always thought that I was learning.

par Fogan A

6 avr. 2020

A very good course that I really enjoy! thanks Coursera & Team and University of Pennsylvania

par George C M

24 mars 2016

Well structured course that gives an excellent background to the basis of ancient philosophy.

par Charles E M

8 mai 2018

The Professor is quite interesting and this is the second course I have taken under her lead

par Carl A

7 août 2020

This course served as an avenue for me to improve especially in terms of reading texts. :)

par Cees O

29 mars 2020

I was impressed by the quality of the teachings and especially the instructor: excellent!!

par Dimitris P

31 août 2016

An excellent introductory course to Plato. Gave me great insights to his works. Thank you!

par 18_12TH2_Bùi M N

28 nov. 2021

Excellent course that provides a comprehensive view on Plato's Ancient Philosophy.

par Juan L P B

24 févr. 2019

Aprendí mucho con éste curso recomendable para quien se interese por la filosofía.

par Jessica D O F

18 mai 2020

El curso es muy bueno, te ayuda a entender conceptos tan básicos sobre filosofía

par Sergey A

13 mai 2018

Short but well thought and coincide class for Plato and presocratics philosophy.

par Ankur K B K D

7 août 2020

Very thankful to Dr Meyers and team for this course. She's a brilliant speaker.

par Paul C

8 mars 2017

Excellent. Clear and accessible explanation of the Plato's forms and shadows.

par Rense L

30 mars 2016

Excellent professor, good presentation. Some quizzes are too short, really ...

par mansurni a

16 mars 2016

awesome course

from this course i understand deeper about philosophy of greece

par Deleted A

1 janv. 2018

This course is very informative and it is my first time applying this course.

par Leon H

26 août 2020

A good introduction to the way of thinking of Plao and his contemporairies..