Presocratic Philosophy

Course Information
TitleΠροσωκρατική φιλοσοφία / Presocratic Philosophy
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorGeorgios Zografidis
Course ID600019746

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

Registered students: 64
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
PhilosophyElected Compulsory DirectionalWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students are expected to: - get to know the ancient Greek philosophy in the first phase of its historical development (6th το 5th century) - get acquainted with fundamental teachings of the early philosophers, mainly with issues of cosmology and ethics - have a close contact with the ancient philosophical discourse and the interpretive problems it poses - understand the philosophical and extra-philosophical conditions of the birth of philosophy as an autonomous activity.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The term "Presocratic" refers to a multitude of thinkers with multiple and divergent interests and aspirations, who lived and wrote in the period 580-380 BC. (that is, until after the death of Socrates, 399 BC). Their texts mark the beginning of the Western philosophical tradition and capture in the most clear way the attempt to define and demark philosophy as an autonomous activity. In the course, in constant reference to these texts, the main aspects of the thought of the Presocratics will be presented from Thales the Milesian to Democritus.
Ancient Greek Philosophy, Presocratics, Cosmology
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 Assigment753
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. G.S. Kirk, J.E. Raven & M. Schofield, Οι προσωκρατικοί φιλόσοφοι. Αθήνα: ΜΙΕΤ, 2014 2. Long, A.A., Οι προσωκρατικοί. Αθήνα: Παπαδήμας, 2007. 3. Diels, H. & W. Kranz, Οι προσωκρατικοί, τ. Β΄. Αθήνα: Παπαδήμας, 2007.
Additional bibliography for study
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