Course: Topics in Ancient Philosophy: Pre-Socratic Philosophers

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Course title Topics in Ancient Philosophy: Pre-Socratic Philosophers
Course code KPF/B025
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Konrádová Veronika, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. The character of Pre-Sokratic thinking - relation of mythopoetic tradition and Socratic thinking 2.Milesian school - cosmological speculation, interpretation of Anaximander's fragment B1 3. Heraclitus and Parmenides - thinking of similarity and differences 4. Heraclitus - the relation of form and content of philosophical speech 5. Heraclitus - thought of opposites 6. Heraclitus thought of unity in transformation 7. Logos and Fire 8. Physis 9. Parmenides - philosophical manner of speech and poetic form 10. Parmides - Ontological interpretation of his poem 11. Parmenides - cosmological speculation with reflection on being 12. Ethical overlaps Pre-Sokratic thinking 13. Heraclitus and Parmenides heritage in later philosophical tradition

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
The course aims to familiarize students in a more detailed and deeper way with some areas of ancient philosophical thought. Content of the course will be modified, selected topics focus on the systematic interpretation of selected philosophical problem, and reflect contemporary Czech and international research. Work in the course is based on reading and interpretation of the relevant primary texts and on study of accompanying interpretations in the secondary literature.
Students will get acquainted with ancient philosophy and the specific issues that are established. They will experience different modes of reading philosophical text, be able to assess the capacity and lifetime of philosophical themes formulated at the beginning of the philosophical tradition. They will acquire the following knowledge: - can describe the specifics of ancient philosophical thinking - are familiar with specific philosophical problems - able to confront the various interpretive approaches - able to explain the benefits of ancient thought for later philosophical tradition
Prerequisites
None

Assessment methods and criteria
unspecified
The course is based on the reading and interpretation of studied parts of work and related texts from secondary literature. Students work them out in the form of papers. 75% participation is required. The condition for obtaining credit is presentation in written and oral form, using academic secondary literature (Czech or foreign language), alternatively essay on an assigned topic using primary and secondary sources
Recommended literature
  • Aristotelés. Etika Nikomachova. Praha, 1996.
  • Aristotelés. Metafyzika; Rezek. Praha, 2008. ISBN 80-86027-27-9.
  • Graeser, A. Řecká filosofie klasického období, Oikúmené, Praha. 2000.
  • Hussey, E. Presokratici, Rezek, Praha. 1997.
  • Kirk, G.S., Raven, J.E., Schofield, M. (eds.). Předsókratovští filosofové. Praha, 2004.
  • Long, A. Hellénistická filosofie. Praha, 2003. ISBN 80-7298-077-7.
  • Platón. Sebrané spisy. Praha, 2003. ISBN 80-7298-067-X.
  • Ricken, F. Antická filosofie. Olomouc, 1999. ISBN 80-7182-092-X.
  • Vernant, J.-P. Počátky řeckého myšlení. Praha, 1993. ISBN 978-80-7298-393-3.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Social Sciences (Two-Subject Combination) (A8) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Science - (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (Two-Subject Combination) (A8) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Education Philosophy (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Human Studies focused Aesthetics (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (A8) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Social Sciences (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Social Sciences (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (A10) Philosophy, theology - Winter