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Science and Humanities in the Ancient Philosophical Curriculum (TF)


Admission requirements

This course is open to BA students in Philosophy, Classics or History with basic knowledge of ancient philosophy.


The philosophical curriculum in late ancient schools of philosophy combined introductory science with a selection of works from the philosophical canon, as well requiring basic rhetorical skills. This combination of science and humanities subjects aimed at the best possible development of individual intellectual capacities. In this course we shall trace the historical development that produced the full 6th century AD curriculum of the Alexandrian school, assess whether and how science and humanities interacted throughout the curriculum, and what its impact was on both science and philosophy. We shall read a wide variety of texts discussing and/or exemplifying the curriculum at various stages of its development.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


See Rooster BA Wijsbegeerte 2010-2011

Mode of instruction

Seminar, including introductory lectures, student presentations and independent study of scholarly literature.

Assessment method

  • Class presentation

  • Final paper


Blackboard will be used for course materials and the distribution of handouts.

Reading list

To be announced


Please register for this course on uSis. See registration procedure

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Contact information

Prof.dr. F.A.J. de Haas


Specialisations: History of Philosophy; Theoretical Philosophy