History of philosophy 1 : History of ancient philosophy

lfilo1280  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

History of philosophy 1 : History of ancient philosophy
3 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2017-2018
Counet Jean-Michel;

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 lectures offer an account of the major stages of evolution of Ancient philosophy: the Presocratic period; the Classical period (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle); the Hellenistic period; the Roman period. In addition, the lectures furnish some information regarding the peculiar status of Ancient philosophy (the often fragmentary nature of the sources; the importance of doxography; the problems linked to translating/transcribing manuscripts; the relationship between the oral and the written traditions; particular literary genres; the working conditions of Ancient philosophers; the structure of philosophy schools in Antiquity; the nature of Ancient philosophy, etc.).

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


To give the students a comprehensive overview of philosophy in Antiquity.


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 course shall be divided into two parts. The first one will deal with ancient Greek philosophy (logic, physics, and especially ethics) from the "Presocratic philosophers" until the Hellenistic schools; the second part will cover the Roman world until the death of Boethius and the closing of the Athenian school by Justinian in the VIth century CE. We shall review the main schools and the most famous and influentiual thinkers.
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
Written exam.
Other information
No specific knowledge is required.
Un résumé du cours sera disponible sous forme de fichiers à télécharger via la plateforme iCampus; les étudiants devront, en outre, faire plusieurs lectures (textes de philosophie ancienne) dont les titres et les références leur seront communiqués en temps utile.
L'ouvrage de référence, pour qui le souhaite (mais cela est évidemment facultatif) est la Storia della filosofia antica de Giovanni Reale.
Faculty or entity

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

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

Bachelor in History

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Bachelor in Philosophy