Introduction to Greek thought: From the Presocratics to Plato and Aristotle

Course Dates: 06/03/21 - 20/03/21
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Online

Discover some of the key ideas that shaped classical thought, and their ongoing relevance today.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This two-day course will introduce participants to some of the key ideas that shaped classical thought, and their ongoing relevance today.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

First Saturday:
- The Presocratics and the ‘enquiry into nature’
- The sophists and the all-powerful science of rhetoric

Second Saturday:
- Plato, Socrates, and the invention of philosophy
- Aristotle: the great systematiser.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Have a grasp of the key themes in the thinkers studied.
- Have a grasp of how the idea of ‘philosophy’ originated
- Understand the way the tradition of Greek thought developed in the fifth and fourth centuries BC
- Appreciate the importance of the philosophers studied for later Western culture and thought.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Introductory: no previous subject knowledge necessary. Fluency in English is necessary.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by seminars. Participants should be ready to take part in the class debate! There will be some reading assigned between the first and second sessions. Class material will be distributed on Google Classroom.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need to bring note-taking materials. Texts will be provided on Google Classroom.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses on classical philosophy, history and literature. See website for details.

Tutor Biographies
Emma Park Tutor Website

Emma Park is a writer, podcaster and teacher based in London. She has a DPhil in Classics from Oxford. Her writing has been published in the Literary Review, the Spectator, Glass Quarterly, Apollo, the Classical Review, and elsewhere. Her first play, 'Boat People', was performed in 2018, and she is currently working on a second play and other projects. She also presents the podcasts for the National Secular Society, and teaches courses in Classics and writing at City Lit.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: RT314

Sat, day, 06 Mar - 20 Mar '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £60.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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