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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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The Milesians & Heraclitus

Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes and Xenophanes seek the material principle of the cosmos, and arrive at a radical new conception of the gods. Heraclitus distills the essence of their “naturalism” in his riddling slogans....
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8 vídeos (Total de 53 min), 2 leituras, 2 testes
Video8 videos
How We Study the Pre-Socratics4min
Fragments and Sources4min
Philosophers or scientists?7min
The Material Principle5min
God in Nature?5min
Heraclitus on the LOGOS10min
Heraclitus on Change5min
Reading2 leituras
Milesians Readings10min
Heraclitus Readings10min
Quiz2 exercícios práticos
Milesians16min
Heraclitus10min

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Parmenides to Plato

Parmenides poses a fundamental philosophical challenge to all naturalistic inquiry when he denies the intelligibility of change. Later naturalists (Empedocles, Anaxagoras, and Democritus) respond to his challenge. Plato’s portrait of Socrates raises questions about the nature of philosophy, its role in public life, and the relation between morality and religion....
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8 vídeos (Total de 61 min), 3 leituras, 2 testes
Video8 videos
Parmenides Against Change7min
Responses to Parmenides7min
Naturalism after Parmenides9min
Plato and Socrates6min
Socrates in the Apology6min
Piety in the Euthyphro7min
Morality and Religion5min
Reading3 leituras
Parmenides10min
Plato's Apology10min
Plato's Euthyphro10min
Quiz2 exercícios práticos
Parmenides and His Legacy10min
Plato’s Apology and Euthyphro10min

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Plato on Virtue, Teaching, & Justice

What is virtue, and how can it be taught? What is teaching anyway, and how could we ever acquire knowledge? Socrates gives a geometry lesson purporting to show that learning is recollection. Why should we act justly? What’s in it for us? An elaborate analogy between a city and a human soul seeks to convince us that crime never pays, even if the criminal can escape detection....
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10 vídeos (Total de 74 min), 4 leituras, 2 testes
Video10 videos
Teachers of Virtue?6min
Theory of Recollection8min
Was Socrates Teaching?7min
Meno's Paradox7min
Knowledge vs. True Belief8min
Is Justice a Virtue?10min
The Just City5min
The Just Soul9min
Rational Injustice?6min
Reading4 leituras
Plato's Meno10min
Republic Book 110min
Republic Book 210min
Republic Book 410min
Quiz2 exercícios práticos
Plato's Meno10min
Plato's Republic10min

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Plato on Reality & Goodness

The ultimate realities are intelligible Forms, while the world of our experience is only an image of that reality. Goodness is a fundamental feature of the world. Plato’s cosmology: the creation of the universe (complete with a world soul) and the principles of mathematical perfection that structure it at every level....
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6 vídeos (Total de 58 min), 4 leituras, 3 testes
Video6 videos
The Real and the Good8min
The Creation of the World6min
The World Soul12min
Plato's Mathematical Physics13min
Conclusion to Part 16min
Reading4 leituras
Republic Book 510min
Republic Books 6-710min
Plato's Timaeus10min
Credits10min
Quiz2 exercícios práticos
Republic Books 5-710min
Plato's Timaeus14min
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por LLMar 9th 2016

Good intro to early Greek philosophy. Dr Meyer has a simple and subtly humorous approach to the material. Dr Meyer makes the subject approachable so that the student wants to do further reading.

por AHMar 17th 2016

Highly recommended. This course was a great guide to understand to pre socratic philosophers. Professor Susan Sauvé Meyer is very clear in her explanations. Thanks a lot. I enjoy the course.

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Susan Sauvé Meyer

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Department of Philosophy

Sobre University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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