This unit introduces the student to Greek philosophy from the Pre-Socratics, through Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Epicureans, Neo-Platonists, Cynics and Sceptics, down to prominent Coptic philosophers such as Clement of Alexandria, John Philoponus, Isidore of Pelusium, and Pseudo-Dionysius. It explores the interaction between Greek philosophy and antique Christian thought generally, through common themes such as the nature of God, the soul, the good life, truth, and metaphysics. Students will also be introduced to the nature of philosophical inquiry, to several key texts, and to methods of argumentation. They will gain a sense of the history of ideas.

Unit Code: AP8105A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Intensive

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Recognise the positions of the great philosophers of the Greek tradition


Understand, critique, and express Greek philosophical knowledge


Apply philosophical approaches as a tool to reflect on their own thinking


Assess the contribution made by the Greek philosophers in relation to human experience and action, the human person, the world, and God, and its interaction with Christian thinking in antiquity


Develop their own reasoning skills, and their understanding of ancient Christian thought, in light of the Greek philosophical tradition


Demonstrate a capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner


Lectures (12 hours) Tutorial discussions and student presentations (24 hours) Online discussion forum


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay (1,000 words)

0 15.0

Student Presentation (15 minutes, Written presentation + discussion, equivalent to 1,000 words)

0 25.0

Essay (4,000 words)

0 50.0
Tutorial Paper

Tutorial discussions (Summary)

0 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-04 12:29:28 +1100