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Hours to complete

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Aristotle’s Categories

Aristotle’s anti-Platonic metaphysics: the ultimate realities are ordinary objects of our experience, like people and animals. Each of these is a substances, the most fundamental type of being....
Reading
6 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Introduction to Aristotle5m
Subjects and Predicates8m
Universals and Particulars8m
Substance and Subject11m
Subjects of Change8m
Reading1 reading
Aristotle's Categories10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Subjects and Predicates10m
Substances & Subjects10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Aristotle's Natural Philosophy

Natural substances have matter and form, and natural processes are goal-directed. Every living thing, plants and animals included, has a soul that moves it....
Reading
6 videos (Total 57 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Nature12m
Is Form or Matter Nature?5m
The Four Causes10m
Natural Teleology10m
Soul As Cause8m
Reading2 readings
Aristotle's Physics10m
Aristotle's On the Soul10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Change & Nature6m
Causes in Nature10m
Aristotelian Souls4m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Aristotle's Ethics

The motion of the universe is eternal and its cause is an eternal unmoved mover, Aristotle’s god. Our goal in life is to achieve happiness, which comes in two varieties: the human happiness we achieve by exercising the virtues of character, and the godlike happiness we achieve when we grasp eternal truths....
Reading
9 videos (Total 83 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
The First Mover of the Cosmos9m
The Unmoved Mover10m
The Goal of Life7m
What Are You Doing With Your Life?6m
Happiness and Living Well9m
Pleasure and the Human Function9m
Virtue of Character8m
Godlike Virtue10m
Reading2 readings
Aristotle's Metaphysics10m
Aristotle's Ethics10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
The Unmoved Mover10m
Aristotle's Ethics10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Epicureanism

Epicureans return to the atomism of Democritus, and find no purpose in nature. Philosophy is a therapeutic practice that removes fear and anxiety and provides us with the tranquility (ataraxia) of the gods....
Reading
8 videos (Total 66 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Nature and the Gods9m
Therapeutic Philosophy9m
Death Is Nothing To Us6m
What's Wrong With Death?7m
Ataraxia8m
Restricting Desire7m
Enduring Pain8m
Reading4 readings
The Letter to Menoeceus10m
The Letter of Epicurus to Herodotus10m
On the nature of the gods10m
Principal Doctrines10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Gods and Death8m
Pleasure and Pain12m
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By DVAug 19th 2016

Very much enjoyed this course. Some areas were a review but in others I was able to gain a great deal of new insight into the philosophies that were covered. Many Thanks!

By NKJul 13th 2017

Absolutely amazing course. Very excellent teacher. She is eloquent, knowledgable and effective at teaching. The only sad part is that she only has 2 courses on Coursera.

Instructor

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Susan Sauvé Meyer

Professor
Department of Philosophy

About 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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