Philosophy As A Way Of Life

Course Information
TitleΗ φιλοσοφία ως τρόπος ζωής: από τον Σωκράτη στον Foucault / Philosophy As A Way Of Life
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorGeorgios Zografidis
Course ID280009483

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

Registered students: 89
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
PhilosophyElected Compulsory DirectionalWinter/Spring-6
PedagogicElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The purpose of this course is to introduce the problematic of the metaphilosophical question about the nature and character of philosophy, as a practical activity (besides its academic feature). Philosophers have tried to answer some of the fundamental questions about the world and its knowledge, but at the same time they believed that the answer we give to these questions (even the effort we make to answer them) determines our own. course towards the purpose of life, our relationship with other people and our participation in social and political life. Thus philosophy is on the one hand the theoretical questioning of man and the formation of valid tools of thought and on the other hand a special attitude of life. This alternative conception of philosophy will be examined first through the ancient Greek example: Greek philosophers perceive and practice philosophy as a way of life, which people consciously chose and which tended to eliminate the divergence of theory and practice and promised fulfilling the purpose of life after the proper exercises. We will see these multiple versions of philosophical life (exemplified in Socrates) and the concept of philosophy in antiquity through selected texts of Plato, Aristotle, the Cynics, Epicurus, the latter Stoic (Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius,) and the Neoplatonists (Plotinus, Proclus). We will then examine how the form of philosophical life is transformed into Christian thought and the practice of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, through texts by Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, and Augustine. The concept of the Christian philosopher, although it seems contradictory, raises again the question of the demarcation of philosophy itself from other areas of thought and action. Although the modern and contemporary philosophy often emphasizes the primacy of its cognitive dimension and its academic character, we will examine the different image of philosophy and the philosopher that emerges in texts of M. Montaigne, D. Hume, Fr. Nietzsche, and L. Wittgenstein. Finally, the contemporary discussion on the subject will be presented through the contributions of Pierre Hadot (who restored and launched the ancient Greek art of life and spiritual exercises as an ever-present demand), M. Foucault, and A. Nehamas.
Philosophy, Philosophy as a Way of Life, academic 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
Course Organization
Reading Assigment451.8
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Νεχαμάς, Αλ., Η τέχνη του βίου: σωκρατικοί στοχασμοί από τον Πλάτωνα στον Φουκώ. Αθήνα: Νεφέλη, 2001. 2. Κάλφας, Β. & Γ. Ζωγραφίδης, Αρχαίοι Έλληνες φιλόσοφοι. Θεσσαλονίκη: Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών, 2006.
Additional bibliography for study
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