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Course Title
Ancient Greek Philosophy


This course will examine the origins and the systematic development of Ancient Greek philosophy from Thales (625 B.C. to Eudoros 25 B.C.)


The primary objective of this course is to provide college students a complete survey of Ancient Greek philosophy. In addition, the course will present the originality of Greek philosophy, its achievements and its profound influence upon the Western culture and thought. The importance of Ancient Greek philosophy should be of interest to every educated person, not only for its own intrinsic value, but also for its deep and lasting influence upon many fields of study such as: philosophy, literature, education, politics, astronomy, psychology, history, religion, language, ethics, medicine, arts and sciences.


It will selectively and critically discuss the most profound Greek philosophical teachings of the Pre-Socratic Era, Classical Age and Hellenistic Period. Among the philosophers to be discussed will be Thales, Pythagoras, Xenophanes, Anaxagoras, Heraclitos, Parmenides, Anaximander, Democritos, Empedocles, Anaximenes, Solon, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Zeno, Pyrrho, Epicuros and Solon.



Method of Instruction

Traditional. Face to face.

1.  Attendance: Daily class attendance is required: (more than five unexcused absences will reduce students’ final grade 10 points).

2.  Active class participation. All students are expected to participate in class discussion and contribute to the dialogue.



Your final grade will be distributed as follows:

Attendance 10%

Critical evaluation, quizzes, and reading assignments 30%

Mid-term and Final examination 40%

Term-paper 20%