Doctorate of Philosophy – Ancient Philosophers

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Course Description:

This captivating course delves into the intellectual tapestry of human thought by examining the profound contributions of renowned philosophers across different epochs. From the ancient minds of Anaxagoras, Aristotle, Confucius, Maimonides, and Plato, to the enlightenment-era brilliance of Voltaire, this course traverses the annals of philosophical history to unravel the intricate webs of ideas that have shaped human understanding.

Students will embark on a fascinating journey through the philosophical landscape, exploring the timeless wisdom of thinkers such as Thomas Aquinas, Marcus Aurelius, Philo Judaeus, and Socrates. Through in-depth analysis, critical discussions, and engaging lectures, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the diverse philosophical perspectives that have influenced societies and cultures worldwide.

Topics covered include metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, political philosophy, and more. By examining the thoughts and writings of these intellectual giants, students will develop a nuanced appreciation for the evolution of philosophical ideas and their impact on the broader human experience.

This course is designed for individuals seeking to enrich their understanding of the philosophical underpinnings that have shaped the world and those eager to engage in thoughtful dialogue on fundamental questions of existence. Join us as we embark on a philosophical expedition, uncovering the timeless wisdom that continues to resonate through the corridors of human thought.

What Will You Learn?

  • Historical Context: Gain insight into the historical and cultural contexts that gave rise to each philosopher's ideas, understanding how their thoughts were shaped by the times in which they lived.
  • Key Philosophical Concepts: Explore fundamental philosophical concepts such as metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, and political philosophy as articulated by each philosopher.
  • Critical Analysis: Develop the skills to critically analyze primary texts and secondary sources, engaging with the arguments, theories, and reasoning presented by the philosophers.
  • Comparative Analysis: Conduct comparative analysis between different philosophical perspectives, identifying similarities, differences, and overarching themes across various philosophical traditions.
  • Application to Contemporary Issues: Evaluate the relevance of ancient and modern philosophical ideas to contemporary issues and debates, considering how these ideas can inform ethical decision-making, political discourse, and personal reflection in the present day.
  • Intellectual Development: Trace the intellectual development of philosophical thought over time, recognizing the ways in which later philosophers built upon, challenged, or reinterpreted the ideas of their predecessors.
  • Critical Thinking Skills: Enhance critical thinking skills by engaging with complex philosophical concepts, articulating reasoned arguments, and defending positions through written assignments, class discussions, and presentations.
  • Appreciation for Diversity of Thought: Cultivate an appreciation for the diversity of philosophical perspectives and the multiplicity of approaches to understanding the nature of existence, morality, knowledge, and society.
  • By the end of the course, students will emerge with a deeper understanding of the rich tapestry of philosophical thought throughout history and the ability to critically engage with philosophical ideas in their personal and intellectual lives.

Course Content

Ancient Philosophers

  • Introduction
  • Ancient Philosophers
  • Final Course Essay

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