Ancient Philosophy


Course Objective

The main aim of this course is for students to obtain critical knowledge
of ancient and patristic philosophy, as well as insight in the coherence
and importance of that tradition.
After completing this course, students will be able to describe in their
own words, and using core philosophical notions, the development of
ancient and patristic philosophy,
with reference to a number of relevant themes.
Students will moreover be capable of analysing at a basic level the
primary sources of ancient and patristic philosophy.

Course Content

This course covers the beginnings of Western Philosophy, from the sixth
century BCE to the seventh century CE. It provides a chronological and
thematic overview of the philosophical thought of the Presocratics, the
Sophists, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic, Neoplatonist, and
Jewish-Christian thinkers. The main themes discussed are philosophy of
nature, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, and practical philosophy.

Teaching Methods

Interactive lectures and close reading seminars. Attendance is required
for first year philosophy students.

Method of Assessment

Weekly assignments measuring student progress (formative).
Two written assignments based on close reading (20%).
Written final exam, testing knowledge of the literature treated (80%).


Reading material will be made available through Canvas.

Target Audience

This course is primarily aimed at BA1 Philosophy students.
Other students are welcome to enrol.

General Information

Course Code W_BA_ANC
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. M. Martijn
Examiner prof. dr. M. Martijn
Teaching Staff prof. dr. M. Martijn

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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