Introductory level knowledge of ancient philosophy.
In ancient and medieval philosophy the two areas of philosophical psychology and ethics are intertwined. If ethics describes how people should live to become happy, the analysis of their psychological make-up determines to what extent (if any) they are in fact predisposed to achieve that kind of life. Platonic, Peripatetic, Stoic and Christian traditions all develop this connection in converging ways. Predispositions, of course, are no guarantee for success. It is here that the philosopher as educator makes an entry: philosophers can guide the way to happiness by providing self-awareness about one’s goal in life, and the means to develop natural predispositions in the desired direction.
In this seminar we critically examine the connection between psychology, ethics and education in various philosophical contexts, and take into account the practice of the teaching of philosophy in ancient and medieval schools. For the theory and practice of education we shall also take account of modern literature in the field, which often takes its cue from ancient and medieval models.
Course objectives will be made available on Blackboard at the start of the course.
Mode of instruction
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end of term paper
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