By Dr. BABU M N   |   Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.
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. 

Learners enrolled: 1079


Course Status : Upcoming
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
  • Level : Undergraduate

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    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  


    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


    Dr. BABU M N

    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. 


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