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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 王若寒

13 sept. 2016

A systematic and informative course to start with ancient Greek philosophy.

par Deleted A

16 avr. 2016

This is one of my top three favorite courses I've taken on Coursera so far!

par Niran R

22 avr. 2020

I loved the delivery, content and brevity to keep me interested throughout

par Dave

19 févr. 2018

Great course led by an impassioned professor. Looking forward to part two!

par Shikhar

15 mars 2016

An excellent platform for attaining "wisdom" in its rawest form...Love it!

par Levan K

10 mars 2016

Great introduction to ancient philosophy. Now we need an advanced course!

par Christiana T M

8 avr. 2021

Fabulous!!!! Susan kept classes interesting and also with broad content.

par Torsten P

16 nov. 2020

Brilliant course, wish I had learned some of this in school or college

par Nguyen T T K

19 janv. 2017

This course sucessfully introduced me to acient philosophy. I love it!

par Saúl A

30 janv. 2017

This is a very interesting and complete course. Totally recomendable.

par Mary S

14 juin 2017

Fascinating and explained very clearly. The professor is excellent.

par Eshwar K

11 avr. 2021

I like the way you guys are designed the program Thanks to Coursera

par ANA S A

1 juin 2020

It is a great course. Keeps you thinking and looking to go further.

par Ilya K

10 mars 2016

One of the best structured intro course on Plato and pre-socratics.

par yohana a

16 avr. 2021

Excellent course, great teacher and material. Highly recommended!!

par Lenka G B

1 oct. 2020

Muy buen curso, excelente profesora. Es claro y logra profundidad.

par michelle

2 mai 2020

Really interesting, the lectures were calm and enjoyable, thanks

par Vinicius S

23 avr. 2018

Is Great, step by step i learn more and more without this course.

par Kenny S

2 févr. 2018

Awesome Instructor added to my knowledge in Philosophy.Thank you.

par Don C

1 mars 2021

An introductory course that will awaken your philosophical mind.

par Anna,Androvitsanea

11 août 2016

An excellent introduction to the world of Plato and its origins.

par Dieter P

13 déc. 2020

Content, structure and delivery of this course are outstanding.

par Armida S

18 juin 2020

It was sufficiently comprehensive for a complex period of time.

par Garry S

1 mai 2019

Fantastic course. Great content. Just what I was looking for!

par Deleted A

3 mai 2021

It's very interesting. I sure I will continue with Aristotle.