Ancient Greek Philosophy

Course Information
TitleΑρχαία ελληνική φιλοσοφία / Ancient Greek Philosophy
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorPantelis Golitsis
Course ID280009358

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 364
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-5

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students are expected to: - be introduced to Greek philosophy in its historical evolution (6th century BC - 6th century AD); - become acquainted with fundamental teachings of the early philosophers ("Presocratics") and of the main philosophical schools of Antiquity (Platonists, Peripatetics, Stoics, Epicureans) on various topics of ethics, political philosophy, theory of knowledge, physics and metaphysics; - to come to grips with the ancient philosophical discourse and the interpretive problems that it raises.
General Competences
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to ancient Greek philosophy (6th cent. BC - 6th cent. AD). This course seeks to make students familiar with the basic features of ancient philosophy and the basic distinctions ("schools") that exist within it, by reading and explaining several indicative texts. The course does not adopt the established narrative of the great “epochs” of ancient philosophy (Presocratic philosophy – Classical philosophy – Hellenistic philosophy – Philosophy of the imperial age), a product of the eighteenth and nineteenth century German historiography of philosophy, but follows over time the queries with which the ancient philosophical thought engaged. The main aim of the course is to make ancient philosophy understood from within, that is, in the way in which the ancient philosophers themselves understood philosophical inquiry and activity.
Philosophy, History of philosophy, Ancient philosophy
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
1) eLearning is used for distributing the teaching material and for the final evaluation of students. 2) Online teaching through Zoom.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment853.4
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1) Β. Κάλφας – Γ. Ζωγραφίδης, Αρχαίοι έλληνες φιλόσοφοι, Θεσσαλονίκη: Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών, 2006. 2) Γ. Καραμανώλης (επιμ.), Εισαγωγή στην αρχαία φιλοσοφία, Ηράκλειο: Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, 2017. 3) Β. Williams, Η κληρονομιά της αρχαίας φιλοσοφίας, Αθήνα: ΜΙΕΤ, 2019. 4) Μ. Vegetti, Ιστορία της Αρχαίας Φιλοσοφίας, Αθήνα: Τραυλός, 2003. 5) L. Rossetti, Εισαγωγή στην αρχαία φιλοσοφία: Φιλολογικά δεδομένα και άλλα μεθοδολογικά εργαλεία, Αθήνα: Ακαδημία Αθηνών, 2015.
Additional bibliography for study
6) A. Gottlieb, To όνειρο της λογικής: η ιστορία της φιλοσοφίας από τους Έλληνες μέχρι την Αναγέννηση, Αθήνα: Ενάλιος, 2004
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