By Dr. BABU M N   |   Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.
Learners enrolled: 2017
The purpose of this course is to study the important concepts in Ancient and Medieval philosophy. We will concentrate on the dominant figures of philosophy, and their thought on cosmology, metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics, and religion. The Philosophical Schools to be covered are the Milesian, Pythagorean, Eleatic, Pluralists. Atomists and the Sophists. It includes the brilliant contributions of greatest philosophers like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and religious contributions of medieval thinkers - St.Augustine. St.Anselm, and St.Thomas Aquinas. The course enables the students to master all the basic ideas of Classical Greek and Medieval philosophy. 
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 04 Jan 2021
End Date : 05 Apr 2021
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 28 Feb 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1     

    1 History of Greek Philosophy
    2 Greek School of Thought  - The Eleatics
    3 Pre-Socratic Philosophy

 Week 2

    4 Pre- Socratic Thinkers- the Ionians
    5 Thales of Miletus
    6 Anaximander

Week 3

    7 Anaximenes
    8 Pythagoras
    9 Heraclitus

Week 4

    10 Parmenides
    11 Zeno
    12 Anaxagoras

Week 5

    13 Leuippus
    14 Democritus
    15 Sophist Philosophy

Week 6

    16 Protagoras
    17 Socrates Theory of knowledge 
    18 Socratic Method

Week 7

    19 Plato’s Theory of knowledge
    20 Doctrine of Ideas
    21 Concept of Soul

Week 8

    22 Aristotelian Epistemology
    23 Logic
    24 Substance, matter and form

Week 9

  25 The Process of  Change
  26 Nichomachean Ethics
  27 Epicureanism

Week 10

  28 Stoicism
  29 Historical overview of Medieval Philosophy
  30  Features and Characteristics of Medieval Philosophy

Week 11

  31 Major Phases and Important Thinkers of Medieval  Philosophy
  32 Central Themes and Philosophical Concerns of Medieval Philosophy
  33 Medieval Philosophers: Boethius

Week 12

  34   Medieval Philosophers :Anselm of Canterbury
  35 Great Medieval Philosophers :St. Augustine of Hippo
  36 Medieval Philosophers: Saint Thomas Aquinas  

Books and references

1 Anders Wedberg , A History of Philosophy,(vols.I&II), Oxford University, New York,1980.

2 Frederick Copleston, A History of Philosophy: Philosophy from Augustine to Duns Scotus, Doubleday,New York,1993.

3 John Burnett, Early Greek Philosophy, London 1930

4 Frank Thilly , History of Philosophy, New York, Henry Holt&Co.1914

5 Samuel Enoch Stumpf , Socrates to Sartre  McGraw-Hill, Boston,2003.

6 Mary Louise Gill And Pierre Pillegrin,A Companion to Ancient Philosophy, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., UK,   2006

Instructor bio


Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.
Dr. Babu M N, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, SSUS., Kalady 
25 years of teaching experience in university level. Published many articles and authored a book. Actively involved in designing curriculum and served as a member of different academic boards. 

Course certificate

30 % for in course Assessment 70 % of end term Proctored Exam

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