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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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AA
Apr 18, 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.

LL
Mar 8, 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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By Jacob

Oct 24, 2019

Very well spoken outline of Greek philosophy. Thanks.

By Priya B

Aug 2, 2020

Excellent content and very well explained/delivered.

By Andrew F

Jun 29, 2020

Wonderful explication of Plato and his predecessors.

By Callie G

May 4, 2020

Well-articulated lectures, and good reading material

By Vilmos F

Apr 30, 2020

It made things very easy to understand and exciting.

By N A

Aug 26, 2020

It certainly increased my curiosity in this matter.

By Paul A A

Sep 15, 2019

Well done. A little superficial, but a great start.

By Gustavo A G A

May 15, 2017

Buena maestra, gran contenido y muy bien explicado.

By George J B

May 15, 2016

Excellent delivery of rather interesting material!

By Valentina P M

May 25, 2020

Pretty good explanations and methods of teaching.

By Julio C R C

Aug 25, 2020

Me parece excelente los contenidos de este curso

By Georgina M M

Jun 19, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyable. Great course! Thank you.

By Shana R

May 18, 2020

Good content to use for my lSAC exam. Thank you

By JOHN Q

Feb 18, 2016

Interesting, well taught, and enjoyable course!

By Kazumasa S

Apr 13, 2016

Well produced videos and informative lectures.

By luz s r

May 28, 2020

I really liked the ancient philosophy course.

By cecilia l

Jan 18, 2017

Great course. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks.

By yodhin a

Jun 13, 2020

i really enjoyed learning about these things

By Thomas O

Nov 2, 2016

Quick overview, but very interesting course.

By Sohini B

Feb 21, 2016

The lectures are excellent and interesting.

By ANDREA A G D L T E

May 26, 2020

Concise videos and interesting reflections

By Maksim O

Mar 15, 2016

An excellent introduction for beginners!

By Fiona w

Nov 4, 2019

I liked everything but the maths parts!

By Greg V

Apr 26, 2016

amazing course , really enjoying this !

By Raquel E

May 15, 2020

Philosophy is logic. Logic is needed!