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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 mansurni a

16. März 2016

awesome course

from this course i understand deeper about philosophy of greece

von Deleted A

1. Jan. 2018

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

von Leon H

26. Aug. 2020

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

von 王若寒

13. Sep. 2016

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

von Deleted A

16. Apr. 2016

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

von Niran R

22. Apr. 2020

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

von Dave

19. Feb. 2018

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

von Shikhar

15. März 2016

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

von Levan K

10. März 2016

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

von Christiana T M

8. Apr. 2021

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

von Torsten P

16. Nov. 2020

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

von Nguyen T T K

19. Jan. 2017

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

von Saúl A

30. Jan. 2017

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

von Mary S

14. Juni 2017

Fascinating and explained very clearly. The professor is excellent.

von Eshwar K

11. Apr. 2021

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

von ANA S A

1. Juni 2020

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

von Ilya K

10. März 2016

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

von yohana a

16. Apr. 2021

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


1. Okt. 2020

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

von michelle

2. Mai 2020

Really interesting, the lectures were calm and enjoyable, thanks

von Vinicius S

23. Apr. 2018

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

von Kenny S

2. Feb. 2018

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

von Don C

1. März 2021

An introductory course that will awaken your philosophical mind.

von Anna,Androvitsanea

11. Aug. 2016

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

von Dieter P

13. Dez. 2020

Content, structure and delivery of this course are outstanding.