Ancient Philosophy

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Doel vak

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.

Inhoud vak

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.


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


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.


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

Algemene informatie

Vakcode W_BA_ANC
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 100
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. M. Martijn
Examinator prof. dr. M. Martijn
Docenten prof. dr. M. Martijn

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