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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....



18. Apr. 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. Juli 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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von Megan R

13. Apr. 2020

A great introduction of ancient philosophies. I like the instructor's explanations and lecture style.

von Jose A G R

15. Sep. 2017

very helpfull and atractive course, lots of information and access to material to help understand it.

von Alejandra T

19. Mai 2020

Me encanto ya que comprendí cada tema y la manera de enseñanza es muy entendible para muchos gracias

von areaba s

17. Mai 2020

It was a wonderful journey of 4 weeks of learning.

Thanks to the Greek legends and Professor Susan.

von Yifei W

18. Aug. 2019

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

von Oscar D

18. Jan. 2018

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

von Mandhir S

22. März 2021

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

von Sajid K

17. Juni 2020

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

von Monica B

1. Juni 2020

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

von Eduardo S P

11. März 2016

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

von Stephen B

4. Dez. 2020

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

von marc g

14. Apr. 2020

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

von Fogan A

6. Apr. 2020

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

von George C M

24. März 2016

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

von Charles E M

8. Mai 2018

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

von Carl A

7. Aug. 2020

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

von Cees O

29. März 2020

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

von Dimitris P

31. Aug. 2016

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

von 18_12TH2_Bùi M N

28. Nov. 2021

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

von Juan L P B

24. Feb. 2019

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

von Jessica D O F

18. Mai 2020

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

von Sergey A

13. Mai 2018

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

von Ankur K B K D

7. Aug. 2020

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

von Paul C

8. März 2017

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

von Rense L

30. März 2016

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