5 Sources for Free Greek Philosophy Education Online

Oct 20, 2021

Info on Free Online Sources for Greek Philosophy Education

Technology requirements for accessing the materials for these free online Greek philosophy courses can vary but typically include the most up-to-date versions of Internet browsers, audio and video software and PDF readers. While the institutions do not require admission to the college or tuition payment, they also don't grant credit towards a degree. There's usually no chance to interact with other students or instructors.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

These courses are not devoted exclusively to Greek philosophy, but both explore Greek philosophers, including Plato and Aristotle, at great length. Students in both can download lecture notes in PDF form and obtain class assignments, which include essay topics. Textbooks are required for both courses, and links to additional readings are provided.

  • Ancient Philosophy looks at ancient Greek contributions to the Western philosophy and science. The course also goes over philosophical themes such as nature, law, justice, knowledge, virtue, happiness, and death.
  • Classics in Western Philosophy aims to familiarize students with Western philosophical tradition, examining influential philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, and Kant.

Reformed Theological Seminary

  • History of Philosophy and Christian Thought is a podcast exploring the evolution of philosophical thought from ancient Greece to the present day from a Christian perspective. A syllabus, reading list and writing assignments for this course are available through the school's website. Students must obtain the recommended textbooks on their own.

University of California - Berkeley

  • Philosophy consists of 38 audio podcasts that students can access through iTunes U. Topics include the works of Aristotle, Plato and Nicomachus. No other course materials are provided.

University of Notre Dame

  • Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love is a podcast that focuses on human love while integrating philosophical analysis and literary imagination. Users delve into literature and writers such as Shelley's translation of Plato's Symposium, Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, and Othello.

Yale University

  • Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature relates the work of early philosophers, including ancient Greeks Glaucon, Aristotle and Plato, to modern scientific findings concerning happiness, morality and social structure. Students can download 26 video lectures from the Open Yale site and access reading assignments and learning exercises. There is an extensive list of required texts, with some recommended reading available online.
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