Ancient Philosophy: Plato & His Predecessors (Coursera)

Ancient Philosophy: Plato & His Predecessors (Coursera)

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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.

Syllabus

Week 1:The Milesians & Heraclitus

Week 2: Parmenides to Plato

Week 3: Plato on Virtue, Teaching, & Justice

Week 4: Plato on Reality & Goodness

Especificaciones: Ancient Philosophy: Plato & His Predecessors (Coursera)

Curso ofrecido por
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✔ Disponible

Plataforma

Universidad

Impartido por

Susan Sauvé Meyer

País

USA

Nivel, duración y fechas
Nivel

No informado

Fecha

04/05/2020

Duración

4 semanas

Tiempo necesario

Sin información

Idioma del curso
Idioma vehicular

Inglés

Subtítulos

Inglés

Exámenes y Certificados
Certificados

Certificado de Pago

Exámenes/Proyectos

Con Examen/Proyecto Final

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