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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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Apr 19, 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.


Mar 09, 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 George J B

May 15, 2016

Excellent delivery of rather interesting material!

par Valentina P M

May 25, 2020

Pretty good explanations and methods of teaching.

par Julio C R C

Aug 26, 2020

Me parece excelente los contenidos de este curso

par Georgina M M

Jun 19, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyable. Great course! Thank you.

par Shana R

May 18, 2020

Good content to use for my lSAC exam. Thank you

par JOHN Q

Feb 18, 2016

Interesting, well taught, and enjoyable course!

par Kazumasa S

Apr 13, 2016

Well produced videos and informative lectures.

par luz s r

May 28, 2020

I really liked the ancient philosophy course.

par cecilia l

Jan 18, 2017

Great course. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks.

par yodhin a

Jun 13, 2020

i really enjoyed learning about these things

par Thomas O

Nov 02, 2016

Quick overview, but very interesting course.

par Sohini B

Feb 21, 2016

The lectures are excellent and interesting.


May 26, 2020

Concise videos and interesting reflections

par Maksim O

Mar 15, 2016

An excellent introduction for beginners!

par Fiona w

Nov 04, 2019

I liked everything but the maths parts!

par Greg V

Apr 26, 2016

amazing course , really enjoying this !

par Raquel E

May 15, 2020

Philosophy is logic. Logic is needed!

par Kormpakis K

Jun 28, 2016

Very interesting and helpful subject.

par Laura M P

May 01, 2020

Excellent! Complete and interesting!

par Abdulmalik M M

Jul 09, 2016

Good. I've learned a lot. Thank you.

par Michelle A

Aug 20, 2020

What a fantastic course! Thank you.

par Shikha D

Jul 06, 2017

Awesome course! Highly recommended.

par Jean B C

Mar 15, 2016

Excellent course and really useful!

par Jibran T

Feb 25, 2016

Profound and thoroughly insightful.

par Theodore M

May 30, 2016

well structured and well presented