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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....



Excellent course, Pr. Sauvé-Meyer keeps the material very engaging, and makes it very clear and easily accessible. Knowing how difficult the original texts are sometimes, this is very valuable.


This is an excellent course. The lecturer presents the material very clearly, carefully bringing out what is at stake in the views and arguments of the Greek thinkers and schools she considers.


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創建者 Harvey


I really enjoyed the content and how well it was delivered. She really knows what she is talking about! My only constructive comment would be to somehow make for real-time discussion between students ... after all, we are talking philosophy here. As we have seen with the virus the technology certainly exists.

創建者 Mike M


The philosophical concepts seemed more difficult in this course versus the Plato and predecessors course. The stoics provided some thought provoking ideas whereas Aristotle was surprisingly dry. The instructor does a great job of summarizing concepts and provides great value over simply reading the books.

創建者 Miguel A R


En lo personal ha sido de gran ayuda, me ha brindado una gran experiencia haber viajado en las mentes de estos seres que han dejado su legado a través de la historia. Me hubiese gustado que la extensión y/o contenido hubiese abarcado otras temáticas.

創建者 William M


This was a very solid introduction to the philosophy of Aristotle, Epicurus and the Stoics. It is relatively introductory-level but still I think that even someone who has studied Ancient Philosophy before can learn something from this.

創建者 Anette W


A good follow- up to the previous course. The material is well organised and gives a profound overview while still inciting further investigation, leaving enough room for expansion of the mind and new thoughts on... almost everything.



Very inspiring and interesting examples! It helped me obtain a more detailed and thorough view on Aristotle, Epicurus and the Stoics! Great learning experience!

創建者 Sidney C


I enjoyed the course and treatment by the Professor. I learned a lot about this important period in philosophy. Thank you.

創建者 Jaafar A


very good course, but requires more multiple choice and fill in the black exercises to be perfect.

thanks Dr. Susan Meyer.

創建者 Francisco L


Very complete, to be perfect, from my point of view, the course would need less material to read and a point of dynamism.

創建者 David M


Interesting overview. Would have appreciated more time on Hellenistic Philosophy

創建者 Santosh K


Beside the annoying loud music in the intro of each video it is Insightful.

創建者 kousay a


Greek Philosophers were masters of thought and logic. An excellent course!

創建者 bouali m


This was a very enjoyable experience, thank you all for the opportunity.

創建者 Mick H


Another fine MOOC by the prof. I really like her dry delivery style.

創建者 Zeyu C


Though not too inclusive, it's a great course for introduction.

創建者 Clotilde D


Great course, interesting topics and explanations, thanks !

創建者 Sindhura B


A good starting point to ancient philosophy .

創建者 Joy S


pretty good info. Aristotle was weird

創建者 Julio C N P


like it most the epicurean philosophy

創建者 Sherry P


Loved it. Very informative

創建者 Jp C


Definitely interesting.

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創建者 N.C.


This is an okay course. The information was good, but it was delivered in a very slow manner. Overall, I think this course could be half the time it is currently listed at.

創建者 Ionko N


I don't need the teacher to read Aristotle for me. Reading is not Teaching.