Level of Study
Spring or Fall
Objectives and Content
This course provides students with the opportunity for in depth study of central primary texts from classical antiquity, the period from around 600 BC to 500 AD. Plato and Aristotle are the two most central authors from this period, but texts by other authors may also be covered (e.g. the Pre-Socratics, Epicurus, the Stoics, Augustine). Students will become familiar with central philosophical problems of the period, and also obtain an understanding of the special character of its philosophy and its influence on later philosophy. Through secondary literature students will acquire knowledge of different interpretations of the ancient sources.
The course provides a solid foundation for studying the philosophy of later epochs, including contemporary philosophy.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Approved first semester studies. Specialized study courses presuppose good background knowledge in philosophy, and students should normally have finished their exams in all 100-level cumpolsary courses. A good proficiency in English is necessary since it ought to be assumed that much of the prescribed reading will be in English.
Access to the Course
The course is open to students admitted at the University of Bergen
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
Teaching is offered in the form of lectures and/or seminars.
Individual tuition: up to 1 hours per student.
The number of gatherings may be reduced if the number of students attending the course is less than 4. In that case, the students will be compensated with individual or group tutoring
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
An approval of compulsory requirements is valid for three semesters, including the semester in which the approval is given.
Submission of a draft of the semester assignment paper before supervision.
Individual supervision given by the teacher of the course.
Forms of Assessment
A supervised semester assignment paper of 3000- 5000 words (not including table of contents, list of references etc.) The topic of the paper must be approved in advance by the teacher of the course. . The semester assignment paper will be assessed at the end of the semester.
Exams in the course are held every semester.
The compulsory activities have to be formally approved before one can take an exam in the course.
From A to F
The teaching will be evaluated from time to time.
Department of Philosophy
Type of assessment: Supervised paper
- Submission deadline
- 22.05.2018, 13:00
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam