Aristotle, Metaphysics Gamma

Course Information
TitleΑριστοτέλης, "Μετά τα φυσικά Γάμμα" / Aristotle, Metaphysics Gamma
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorPantelis Golitsis
Course ID600019654

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

Registered students: 146
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreMandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
  • Italian (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Through this course, students will: - be introduced to the philosophy of Aristotle; - become acquainted with Aristotle's metaphysics; - understand the difference between (modern) ontology and ancient metaphysics.
General Competences
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Aristotle's Metaphysics has determined the course of the history of Western philosophy as few philosophical treatises have done. In this treatise of theoretical philosophy, Aristotle explores the first principles of everything, that is, the causes of the most universal effect; these are the self-existent eternal and immutable substances, which theology or "first philosophy" purports to know. It is in this treatise too, and more specifically in book Gamma, that Aristotle announces the existence of a science that studies being qua being, i.e. the undetermined being, in contrast with the determined being that is the object of other theoretical sciences such as the "second philosophy" (physics) and mathematics. In this course, we will read through the whole book in order to understand what exactly the science of being qua being is and how it connects to the science of the first principles.
Aristotle, Metaphysics, Ontology
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • 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 Assigment1084.3
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1) Αριστοτέλης: Άπαντα (Δέκατος τόμος). Μετά τα φυσικά 1 (Βιβλία Α´-Δ΄), μετάφραση: Αναστασία Καραστάθη, Αθήνα: Κάκτος, 1993. 2) Κ. Δ. Γεωργούλης, Αριστοτέλους Πρώτη φιλοσοφία (Τα Μετά τα φυσικά), Αθήνα: Παπαδήμας, 2005 (πρώτη έκδοση: Θεσσαλονίκη 1935).
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