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Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...

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Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

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....
8 videos (Total 53 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
How We Study the Pre-Socratics4m
Fragments and Sources4m
Philosophers or scientists?7m
The Material Principle5m
God in Nature?5m
Heraclitus on the LOGOS10m
Heraclitus on Change5m
2 readings
Milesians Readings10m
Heraclitus Readings10m
2 practice exercises
Milesians16m
Heraclitus10m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

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....
8 videos (Total 61 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Parmenides Against Change7m
Responses to Parmenides7m
Naturalism after Parmenides9m
Plato and Socrates6m
Socrates in the Apology6m
Piety in the Euthyphro7m
Morality and Religion5m
3 readings
Parmenides10m
Plato's Apology10m
Plato's Euthyphro10m
2 practice exercises
Parmenides and His Legacy10m
Plato’s Apology and Euthyphro10m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

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....
10 videos (Total 74 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Teachers of Virtue?6m
Theory of Recollection8m
Was Socrates Teaching?7m
Meno's Paradox7m
Knowledge vs. True Belief8m
Is Justice a Virtue?10m
The Just City5m
The Just Soul9m
Rational Injustice?6m
4 readings
Plato's Meno10m
Republic Book 110m
Republic Book 210m
Republic Book 410m
2 practice exercises
Plato's Meno10m
Plato's Republic10m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

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....
6 videos (Total 58 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
The Real and the Good8m
The Creation of the World6m
The World Soul12m
Plato's Mathematical Physics13m
Conclusion to Part 16m
4 readings
Republic Book 510m
Republic Books 6-710m
Plato's Timaeus10m
Credits10m
2 practice exercises
Republic Books 5-710m
Plato's Timaeus14m
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By 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.

By SPFeb 5th 2019

Excellent Course guide (Professor Meyer) and Materials.\n\nVery short but effective lectures.Its difficult to provide whole theme in short lectures but Professor has done this job fabulously.

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Susan Sauvé Meyer

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Department of Philosophy

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