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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 Dieter P

13. Dez. 2020

Content, structure and delivery of this course are outstanding.

von Armida S

18. Juni 2020

It was sufficiently comprehensive for a complex period of time.

von Garry S

1. Mai 2019

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

von Deleted A

3. Mai 2021

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

von Stephen W

8. März 2017

Wonderful course! Can't wait to start Part 2 of the series...

von Angelo G M B

8. Okt. 2020

Me pareció fascinante, sorprendente y totalmente apasionante

von Ola K

22. Okt. 2017

This is the foundation to most, if not all, modern thinking.

von Arijit D

2. Apr. 2016

Excellent course, a brief survey of pre-Socratic philosophy.

von Sabrina M

13. Mai 2021

This course is very good and the teacher is clear and nice.

von David M H Q

14. Nov. 2020

Ha sido un curso estupendo, deseando de empezar el segundo.

von Amy X

7. Aug. 2020

this course is a great gift for the world that is in crisis

von Vivek C S

29. März 2016

Very well delivered and an Enriching learning experience...

von Warren D W

9. Okt. 2021

Enlightening to say the least. Challenging but rewarding!

von Alexandru T

21. Apr. 2020

Wonderful introduction to the world of ancient philosophy!

von Natalia G

21. März 2019

Clear course to get introduced into ancient philosophers.

von Matias J

25. Apr. 2020

An amazing trip throughout the ancient greek philosophy.

von Rene M

30. Sep. 2022

Great lectures! This course gave me great knowledge!!!

von Warley R

30. Okt. 2016

Great course, excellent curriculum and teaching method.

von Najib A A A A

12. Aug. 2020

This course is very important to understand the living


9. Juni 2020

Very wholesome experience studying Ancient Philosophy!

von Jary v B

7. März 2016

Excellent teacher. Great introduction into philosophy.

von Steffen W

29. Mai 2020

fantastic course, very well explained and structured!

von Juvenal N

23. Apr. 2020

Excellent course and tutor! Highly recommended! AAA++

von Jacob

24. Okt. 2019

Very well spoken outline of Greek philosophy. Thanks.

von Priya B

2. Aug. 2020

Excellent content and very well explained/delivered.