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An Introduction to Greek Philosophy

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  20 reviews
24 lectures | 30 minutes per lecture

The first philosophers in Western history—the ancient Greeks—asked the most fundamental questions about human beings and their relationship to the world. More than 2,500 years later, the issues they pondered continue to challenge, fascinate, and instruct us. Is reality stable and permanent or is it always changing? Are ethical values lik
Audio CD, 12 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by The Teaching Company
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Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All thinkers
Fantastic introduction to Greek Philosophy! Professor Roochnik brings the individual philosophers to life, setting them in their cultural and historical context. He also helps clarify concepts through comparisons to contemporary situations. And most important, he showed that despite their separation from us, the Greek thinkers and the ideas proposed by them over 2000 years ago, are still inspiring, relevant, and have so much to offer us today.

First listened to this course in 2002, but got so mu
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Professor does an incredibly good job of making Greek Philosophy understandable. Today as well as during the ancient Greeks there's been the outstanding disagreement for what the nature of Knowledge really entails. Importantly the lecturer covers the comparisons and contrast between the pre-Socratic, the sophists, with Plato and Aristotle.

The being and becoming, the crossing a river or never crossing it, the atom or the void, the essence verse the existence, those are all aspects of nature a
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
For those of us who successfully avoided philosophy classes in college fearing classroom comas, Professor Roochnik presents this introductory material in an engaging and well-organized manner. In addition to overviewing the major philosophical players and the literature and history of their time, Roochnik often reflects on the modern day relevancy of the subject matter. Upon finishing, I am surprised to find myself hankering for more a second helping.
Tyson Adams
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
If Western Philosophy is just footnotes to Plato, does that mean western society is just all Greek to us?

Professor Roochnik presents 24 lectures as an introductory course to Greek Philosophy... as it says in the title. This was quite a good overview of the pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Like any lecture, insights are given into the further scholarship that can inform a topic - such as how Plato structures his writing so as to make you think rather than tell you what he thinks - a
Christopher Hellstrom
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been listening to the Great Courses for over 25 years. A lot easier and cheaper now that they are on This was a very good one with half of the time spent on pre-socratics and the rest on Plato/ Aristotle.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic-history
This audible course is worth every second. The Sofisties, Pythagoras, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle and many others.

I have learned a lot indeed.

By the way, the .PDF that comes with the audio is very helpful.
Joshua Mingo
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Part II is a summary of early Greek thought (unfortunately, I don't have access to Part I of this two-part set). In this second set of lectures, Roochnik covers Plato (a continuation of Part I?) and Aristotle and he does a good job of breaking down the philosophies of each and presenting them in an appealing way.

Plato posits pre-existent forms (truths) that are prior to sense experience, which we recollect because we know them from some prior existence. While at first thought this might be regar
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent introduction to ancient Greek philosophy. I have previously taken a course on Pre-Socratic philosophy, and I appreciated that the Pre-Socratics were not glossed over here in favor of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Rather than simply conveying their beliefs, Roochnik shows how each builds on or reacts to his predecessor, and continues that theme throughout. Socrates is seen as a reaction, and receives a decent portion of the course, for none of his own works having survived ...more
Mars Cheung
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bought this course as a supplement to my study of philosophy. Professor Roochnik does a brief overview on, not only Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, but also the Sophists and several of the Pre-Socratic philosophers including Thales and Heraclitus. An introduction on what each philosopher brought to the table was provided along with some of the contributions of their respective students. As this was only an introduction to Greek Philosophy, the depth of subject matter was not as deep as I would ha ...more
Marcus Vinicius
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An Enlightened Dialogue

This course exposes the ideas of greek philosophers in a dialectic form. The thinkers are engaged in a dialogue, reacting from the ideas of his predecessors. The author examines the presocratic philosophers, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in an understandable way and gives his insights about the many problems they posed. When exposing Socrates words, no distinction is made to adress the question about who is speaking (Socrates or Plato). The presupposition is that Socrates
Yasser Mohammad
This is a standard exposition of Greek philosophy starting from Thales and pre-Socratics, passing by Socrates and Plato and culminating with Aristotle.

The structure of the course is dialectic (Roochnik is a Plato's scholar mainly so that is expected). You will find standard information here and very few surprises.

Personally, I specially liked the way Plato's and Aristotle's forms are contrasted.
Chris Aldrich
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, history
A lovely little introduction. By Great Courses standards it wasn't as breezy or as straightforward as most. the lecturer's style wasn't as story telling-esque as most, but it's also some pretty dense material to get through without notes or a text to refer back to. It's one of the first that will require a repeat to get everything out of it properly.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
"Happiness is an activity involving both moral and intellectual arete."
Estuardo Choc Salazar
I didn't finish it, greek philosophy it's not my thing but the course and professor are great.
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
DNF. This is good information, but I guess Greek philosophy is not for me right now. I'll try again later.
Erick Njenga
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant Course. Again!
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Sep 2016. Excellent on the Presocratics, weak on Plato, decent on Aristotle.

Aug 2017. Again, but only for the Presocratics and Socrates.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great review/intro to Greek philosophy. Well-organized and covering a decent amount of ground. Nothing new for anyone who knows the subject, but well told by a good teacher. Audible.
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May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent introduction, very very clear and super fascinating. Strongly suggested.
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