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Ancient Greek Philosophers

Ancient Greek Philosophers

Are values relative or absolute? What is truth? The ancient Greek philosophers were among the first to ask fundamental questions about human existence, and this course provides an overview of key figures such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and examines their role in shaping history and society. The course will also apply philosophical lenses to analyze some of life’s “big questions “ with new depth and perspective. Full Description

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  • 3 semester credits at Ashford University
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Are values relative or absolute? What is truth? The ancient Greek philosophers were among the first to ask fundamental questions about human existence, and Sophia's Ancient Greek Philosophers course provides an overview of key figure such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and examines their role in shaping history and society. The course will also apply philosophical lenses to analyze some of life's "big questions" with new depth and perspective.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 4 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 1 Milestone assessment (this is like a test) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Recognize the value of the study of philosophy and its application to everyday life
  • Identify the nature and significance of the major branches of philosophical inquiry
  • Understand the general philosophical positions and arguments of key ancient Greek philosophers
  • Understand the impact that ancient philosophical theories have had on history and society
  • Apply good philosophical logic, reasoning, and critical thinking skills
  • Compare and contrast various philosophical approaches to essential philosophical questions
  • Apply philosophical approaches to real world situations

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by Steven B. on January 16, 2020
Great Class
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by Emily H. on January 16, 2020
Interesting and challenging!
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by Johnny M. on January 14, 2020
Hello Fello students, I write this review in all sincerity that if you do not pay attention and really read every question...you will not do well. Unless you are into philosophy. I have to say, I did learn about things that I would not have learned otherwise. If you are just looking for a quick class to take because it is less expensive than the other ones, please think hard before you take it. Now, I will say that Sophia learning coaches are so very awesome and they really do strive to ensure we pass each and every course. This is the first time I struggle with a class and they were extremely helpful!! I recommend Sophia to anyone who is trying to push along their education but just remember that some classes are deeper than others. With a lot of notes, and help from the learning coaches, I make it through this class. Very good class, very hard, and will make you think.
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by Marie H. on January 14, 2020
thanks
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by Erik D. on January 13, 2020
Very difficult but informative.
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by Benedick E. on January 13, 2020
This class was harder than it should be. The explanations were lengthy while the examples were lacking. Plato and Aristotle's sections were ever where except on point. This course is not a history course. It is an understanding of philosophical doctrines throughout the course of history.
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by Leighann T. on January 12, 2020
This is an interesting course that is well designed. It's easy to read and understand and took a relatively short amount of time. I would recommend taking the course.
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by Rinus M. on January 12, 2020
What a head scratcher this was.

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