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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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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.

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8. März 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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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 ...

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.