Explore the works of Plato, Aristotle, Heraclitus and other originators of Western philosophy in an immersive study of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. This philosophy course explores the origins of Western philosophy – a rich tapestry of ideas that began with the most noted ancient Greek and Roman philosophers.
In this course we will study Plato's ancient art of blowing up your beliefs as you go, to make sure they're built to last. We spend six weeks studying three Platonic dialogues, then two more weeks pondering a pair of footnotes to Plato; that is, we will consider some contemporary manifestations of issues Plato discusses. Our focus will be: moral theory and moral psychology.
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.
Focusing on transformation of the hero into the logos, or word of philosophical dialogue, this is the fifth of five modules on the Ancient Greek Hero as portrayed in classical literature, song, performance, art, and cult.
Philosophy & the Science of Human Nature pairs central texts from Western philosophical tradition (including works by Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Epictetus, Kant, Mill, Rawls, & Nozick) with recent findings in cognitive science & related fields.