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Ancient Philosophy: Plato & His Predecessors

University of Pennsylvania via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Philosophy
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Duration 4 weeks long

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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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Susan Sauvé Meyer

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Raul S
5.0 2 years ago
by Raul completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.


I think this "MOOC" is a great course, of great quality. It helped me to understand the old philosophy since Plato and his predecessors. The teacher is great, the explanation is perfect.

This is a great opportunity for students of humanity and social sciences
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Ricardo J
5.0 a month ago
by Ricardo partially completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a beautiful and engaging course, which can be viewed as an introduction to the birth of Philosophy.

It's very well explained, with several readings, and a good teacher.

I remember that the assignments were also quite interesting and not very difficult, but you need to put a little work into them, which is a good thing.

I didn't complete it, but I'm looking forward to doing it in the future.
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