GREEK PHILOSOPHY ONLINE COURSE
Join us on the journey to the world of Greek philosophy.
Meet the basic representatives and the still today important questions of philosophy
|STARTING DATE||5 NOVEMBER 2020|
|DURATION||10 WEEKS- 20 HOURS IN TOTAL|
|DAY & TIME||EVERY THURSDAY
20:00 – 22:00 GREEK TIME
IF YOU MISS A LECTURE OR YOU CAN’T JOIN THE COURSE AT THE DAY AND TIME PROPOSED YOU WILL HAVE THE POSSIBILITY TO VIEW THE RECORDED SESSION
The Alexandria Institute organizes an online course on Greek philosophy. The course is addressed to anyone who wants to learn the basic characteristics and representatives of the Greek philosophy.
This series of lectures on Greek philosophy consists of ten lectures. Firstly, we shall examine the pre-philosophical period of mythology and its contribution to the development of philosophical thinking. Homer, Hesiod and the hymns of Orpheus will be the object of the first lecture, while later we shall deal with the natural philosophy of the pre-Socratics.
Their fundamental ideas, their influence by the surrounding civilizations of the east and their attempt to rationalize the myths and the natural phenomena will be put under examination. Given the fact that the so-called pre-Socratics take the whole of the 6th century, as well as a small part of the 5th century, four lectured are to be dedicated, owing to the complexity and the richness of their views.
The third part of our lectures is dedicated to the social philosophy, which was developed in the land of Athens during the 5th century, the famous Golden Age of antiquity. This section will try to shed some light to the transmission from natural philosophy to socially-centered philosophical views with the introduction of the political and the ethical aspect. Apart from Socrates, who more or less dominates this movement, the Sophists must also be included as their role in the general development of philosophical thinking cannot be left out and undermined. In addition and needless to say, we shall attempt to examine the philosophical works of the (possibly) two most well-known philosophers of Greece; Plato and his disciple, Aristotle.
We must not forget, however, that after the death of Aristotle philosophy did not stop; on the contrary, several schools of philosophy appeared and it is those schools that we ought to include in our research project. The Cynics, the Skeptics, Epicurus and his disciples and, lastly, the Stoics cannot be neglected. No series on Greek philosophy would be consistent had its legacy been overseen.
Hence, the final part of our discussion will focus on how Greek philosophy transformed the philosophical thinking since. From the colonies of the Roman Empire where the Greek element was obvious and continuous (Epictetus, Hypatia from Alexandria, Plotin from Lycopolis etc.) to the philosophers immediately influenced by the lesser known schools of philosophy of the Greeks (Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Titus Lucretius Caro) and from there to the medieval world (St Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Boethius), the German Idealism (Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel) and the present day. The last lecture will also act as a short revision of the whole series. The detailed program of the lectures is as follows:
Detailed schedule of the lectures
I. Greek religion: philosophical aspects of the religious myths, Homer, Hesiod, Orpheus
II. The pre-Socratics: the social factors for the development of philosophy, philosophy in the land of Ionia
III. The pre-Socratics: Pythagoras, the Pythagorians, Heraclitus
IV. The pre-Socratics: the monist school of Elea, Empedocles
V. The pre-Socratics: the Atomists and the latter pre-Socratics
VI. Social philosophy: transition in the land of Attica, the role of the city-state, the role of the Sophists, introduction to Plato
VII. Plato: the historical background, the fundamental ideas, the symbolisms, the methods, the myths
VIII. Aristotle: the scientific manner of philosophy, the historical background, most notable woks, the key-ideas
IX. Lesser known schools of Greek philosophy: philosophy beyond the Golden Age; the Cynics, the Skeptics, Epicurus, the Stoics; their basic ideas, the historical background, their influence
X. The legacy of Greek philosophy: the ideas that travelled the world from the rediscovery of Greek philosophy until the present day (This lecture will act as a sort of revision, though new things will, too, be heard. Our intention is to go through the history of philosophy from the first A.D. centuries until now based on the influence of Greek philosophy)
Lampros I. Papagiannis
Department of Greek Studies
Faculty of European Languages & Cultures
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China