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Ancient Philosophy

Plato & His Predecessors

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 4.7 based on 164 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Starts Feb 11 (6 weeks ago)
Cost $49
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Instructor Susan Sauvé Meyer
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Philosophy

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This course covers a lot of very interesting material and is presented in a calm, clear, organized manner.

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Liked it a lot: pretty straight forward, nice introduction, although I missed a bit of a timeline (or figure of a timeline - I actually had this image from wikipedia always available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Socratic_philosophy#/media/File:Presocratic_graph.svg) Engaging and well presented.

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Well paced, interesting course In ancient philosophy you will learn who asked the 'big' questions.

This is a great introduction to Ancient philosophy for all of those who want to obtain more knowledge about the invaluable legacy of the Greek miracle !

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Very well delivered and an Enriching learning experience... 讲得很好,特别能启发思考~ Well structured course that gives an excellent background to the basis of ancient philosophy.

Am interested in taking more MOOC like this in philosophy.Enjoyed week 2, looking forward to week 3 and starting Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle and His Successors.

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Compared to another ancient philosophy course offered on Coursera, I couldn't help but wonder if some topics could have been more elaborated.

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Rating 4.7 based on 164 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Starts Feb 11 (6 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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