Course: Ancient Philosophy

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Course title Ancient Philosophy
Course code KFI/AFFS
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course not specified
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kočandrle Radim, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
The origins of philosophy. Mythos and logos. An investigation into the nature. Ionian and Italian branches of philosophy. Milesians. Pythagoreans, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Parmenides and the Eleans. Empedocles and Anaxagoras. The Atomists. The Sophists and Socrates. Plato. Aristotle: logic, first philosophy, physics, ethics, politics. Hellenism: Stoicism, Epicureism, Scepticism. Neoplatonism.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Seminar classes, Lecture
  • Contact hours - 39 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 35 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 30 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No preliminary courses required.
learning outcomes
Students will be competent to orientate themselves in the fundamental topics of the ancient philosophy. Thanks to the critical reading of the original sources they will be able to identify partial tendencies established during the history of the western thinking into the respective philosophical systems. This knowledge will provide them with understanding of the whole process of formation of the European philosophical discourse within its vast spectrum of influences, which is necessary for further study of philosophy.
teaching methods
Seminar classes
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Graeser, Andreas. Řecká filosofie klasického období : sofisté, Sókratés a sokratikové, Platón a Aristotelés. Praha : Oikoymenh, 2000. ISBN 80-7298-019-X.
  • Hussey, Edward. Presokratici. [1. vyd.]. [Praha] : Rezek, 1997. ISBN 80-86027-07-4.
  • Kirk, G. S.; Raven, J. E.; Schofield, Malcolm. Předsókratovští filosofové : kritické dějiny s vybranými texty. Vyd. 1. Praha : Oikoymenh, 2004. ISBN 80-7298-110-2.

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