Seminar on philosophical texts by ancient authors

lfilo1315  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar on philosophical texts by ancient authors
3 credits
30.0 h
Destrée Pierre;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The aim of the course is to teach the students how to arrive at an in depth "reading" and analysis of Ancient philosophical texts.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The ability to analyze an Ancient philosophical text.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The seminar will turn on the work of Thucydides, the famous author of The History of the Peloponnesian War. He is a historian of course, but also a disciple of some important sophists  (probably Protagoras and  Antiphon). His work shows a important philosophical background. Parallels will be done with texts of Plato and Aristotles (Nichomachean Ethics, Poltic, Poetic, Republic, Menexenus). The course intends to show how difficult it is to grasp Plato's and Aristotle's political doctrines without the background of the Peloponnesian War.
Teaching methods
Lectures by the professor, sketches out of  the students. Discussions
Evaluation methods
Oral examination on the whole matter. Particular question chosen and prepared by the student
Other information
Online resources
Jacqueline de Romilly, Thucydide et l'impéralisme athénien, Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 1961.
Jacqueline de Romilly, La construction de la vérité chez Thucydide, Paris, Juliard, 1990
Jacqueline de Romilly, L'invention de l'histoire politique chez Thucydide, Paris, ENS, 2005
Barbara Cassin, L'effet sophistique, Paris, Gallimard, 1995.
David Greene, Greek political Theory : the image of man in Thucydides and Plato, UPChicago, 1965
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor in Philosophy