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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 Justo G Q

28. Apr. 2022

Muy buen curso desearia que continuen dictando este tipo de capacitacion, cumplen un rol social muy importante, ya que ayudan a promover el conocimiento, desde la enseñanza y el aprendisaje, Gracias Totales!!!!!!

von Orville C

17. Juni 2020

This is a very nice introduction to the ancient Greek philosophers and their contributions to how we understand the world around us. I recognize that modern religions reflect many of the Ancient Greeks' thoughts.

von Alejandro C D

9. Juni 2020

It is an extremely profitable course because it introduces us to the thinking of the pioneers of philosophy, which has become a cultural tradition that has established the foundations of today's civilization.

von Jackson H

17. März 2018

This course is pretty good. I'm not a fan of peer reviewing, I'd rather have TA's do it, but I realize that is logistically impossible. Other than that the professor is pretty good and makes phil

von Pinkie

8. März 2016

Before this course the topic of philosophy had never appealed to me, while from now on it turns out to be an interesting subject. A wonderful introduction to ancient philosophy of Greece !

von Heather L

23. Feb. 2022

This course is an excellent introduction to reading & learning about ancient philosophers. The videos helped to make the works of Plato, Socrates & many others understandable. Thank you.

von Patrícia R P

2. Mai 2020

I am immensely grateful for shared knowledgeability. This course was an incredibly gratifying experience that serves as an introduction to the magnificent world of philosophy!

von Marie S

12. März 2018

Ordered, Structural and a good set of information to cover in 4 weeks! The only thing I missed every now and then was enthusiasm, but furthermore an awesome course!

von Amitava D

30. Apr. 2022

Good presentation by professor.

There are lot of write ups that need to be understood by me.

This is a good initiative to undestand what philosophy is.

von Greg G

11. Aug. 2016

Dr. Meyer is a systematic and thorough presenter, and does an excellent job of making the material accessible, without oversimplifying.

von Tim B

1. Mai 2016

Intuitive, clear and logical progression through important ideas in early Western thought, surprisingly fresh and relevant today.

von Ping Z

26. Sep. 2016

Very interesting and challenging. I need to spend a lot of time on the reading assignment, but I enjoyed the reading very much.

von Yingyi Z

22. Apr. 2019

Very straightforward course. The professor explains things well, and I found this a very good intro to ancient philosophy.

von Marilyn S

14. Feb. 2021

Good course. Wish I could access comments from peer review or continue to access the course itself.

von Axel L

10. Aug. 2016

...excellent course for beginners but also for advanced - you will get always a new point of view.

von Humfrido

26. Mai 2020

I loved it. I give four stars only because I think that presential courses are better.

von David M

5. Juni 2016

A good introduction to Ancient Greek Philosophy, though not as in depth as it could be

von Sisawad

13. Dez. 2019

I think it was an enriching course. Though not many other students to engage with.

von Alina S

2. Juni 2016

everything is fine but the music before each lecture is so loud and annoying

von Louise H

3. Juni 2020

Maybe a little boring at the end but I very enjoyed the final task !

von Chatziiosifidis A

16. Sep. 2017

Very interesting , well designed and presented, introductory course

von Clotilde D

2. Feb. 2019

Great course, interesting topics and explanations, thanks !

von Francisco L

26. Juni 2019

Very interesting but some parts too solid.

Many Thanks.

von Vimal K

20. Juli 2020

Loved the way Dr Susan's way of explaining.

von Leonidas T

11. März 2016

Very interesting and well structure course.