Ancient Philosophy 3501-WISIP-AncP
The course will present the main currents of European philosophy from the 6th century BC to the 6th century AD. Discussion of Ancient Philosophy includes: Presocratics, the humanists (sophists and Socrates), great philosophical systems of Plato and Aristotle, Hellenistic schools (the Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics), beginnings of philosophy derived from the monotheistic tradition (Philo of Alexandria), and Neoplatonism (Plotinus, commentators on Aristotle).
Type of course
– basic knowledge of philosophical terms
– comprehension of the historical dynamics of philosophical ideas
– general comprehension of ancient philosophy (key figures, ideas, and arguments) based on introductory lectures, reading the sources in translation, and the handbooks
– knowledge of the general relationship between philosophical ideas and social and cultural context
– knowledge of methods of interpretation of ancient texts
– to read and analyze ancient philosophical sources (texts) in translation
– to deal with basic philosophical problems, theses, and assumptions of ancient philosophy
– to understand and reconstruct arguments used by ancient philosophers
– to evaluate the ideas and arguments, always with respect for the original context
– independent thinking
– sharing knowledge with others in discussion
– awareness of the significance of the heritage of European philosophy and the influence of philosophical thinking on the social and intellectual bonds’ formation
– active class participation
– written test
– final wirtten exam at the end of the semester
Permissible number of absences: 2
Anthony Kenny, Ancient Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2004 (= A New History of Western Philosophy, part 1); C.C.W. Taylor (ed.), From the Beginning to Plato, Routledge History of Philosophy, Vol. 1, London–New York: Routledge 2003; D. Furley (ed.), From Aristotle to Augustine, Routledge History of Philosophy, Vol. 1, London–New York: Routledge 2003; Peter Adamson, Classical Philosophy, Oxford 2014; Peter Adamson, Philosophy in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds, Oxford 2015.
Fragmenty filozoficznych tekstów starożytnych i średniowecznych w tłumaczeniach angielskich / Selections from ancient and medieval texts in English translations:
Plato, Symposium, Apology, Phaedo, Republic, Timaeus; Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, On the Soul, Metaphysics; Epictetus, Enchiridion; Marcus Aurelius, Meditations; Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus; Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism; Philo of Alexandria, On the Account of the World’s Creation Given by Moses; Plotinus, Enneads.
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