Seminar : History and Texts of Philosophy of Antiquity

lfilo1230  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar : History and Texts of Philosophy of Antiquity
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
45.0 h
Destrée Pierre;
Main themes
This course explains the key stages in the development of ancient philosophy: the pre-Socratic, Classical (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle), Hellenistic and Imperial Roman (Stoicism, Epicureanism, Scepticism and Neoplatonism) periods. Students will also learn about the specific nature of ancient philosophy (sources often fragmentary, importance of doxography, problems related to the manuscript tradition, relationship between oral and written traditions, specific literary genres, the working conditions of ancient philosophers, structure of the schools of philosophy in ancient times, the purpose of ancient philosophy, etc.). In class, students will read and comment on representative texts by the main philosophers.

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

1 By the end of this course, students will be able to present an overview of the main movements and themes of ancient philosophy. They will have developed their critical reading of ancient philosophical texts and secondary literature.

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”.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Minor in Philosophy

Minor in Antiquity: Egypt, Eastern World, Greece, Rome

Certificat universitaire en philosophie (fondements)

Certificat universitaire en philosophie (approfondissement)

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Certificat universitaire en langue, littérature et civilisation latines

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Bachelor in Philosophy