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Ancient Philosophy

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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Rating 4.6 based on 116 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
Starts Mar 15 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
Instructor Susan Sauvé Meyer
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Philosophy

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Both of the Ancient Philosophy courses, Plato and His Predecessors, and Aristotle and His Successors were excellent.

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Professor Meyer gave exemplary lectures while explaining a variety of different philosophical schools.

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The gold of Aristotle's classic has been expertly mined out and presented in a connoisseur way for the appreciation, which give this lecture its form, or in Aristotle's term, its soul to be alive.Professor Meyer rarely smiled, but when she did, she smiled very charmingly.

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Would have appreciated more time on Hellenistic Philosophy Meyer is a great teacher and I look forward to more courses by her if she continues to release them This is a great course because the great instructor shares her knowledge about Aristotle and his successors in a comprehensible and exciting manner.

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Rating 4.6 based on 116 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
Starts Mar 15 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
Instructor Susan Sauvé Meyer
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Philosophy

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