Ancient philosophy

Many of the doctrines central to Christianity have important philosophical implications or presuppositions. In the history of Christian theology, philosophy has sometimes been seen as a natural complement to theological reflection, whereas at other times practitioners of the two disciplines have regarded each other as mortal enemies.
This course is intended to be an introduction to philosophy both in the sense of a primer and in the sense of a guide to understanding the essential nature of the philosophical enterprise and its relationship to and influence upon science and religion in general and Christianity in particular. The central questions as to the nature and scope of philosophy will be approached historically, tracing the emergence and development of philosophic thought in ancient Greece.


Specific competences

The student will be able to recognize the principles and to use the methods of philosophy (of religion).

General competences

The student will make knowledge with the religious (and not only) ideas of ancient philosophical schools, and will be able to compare them. The student will (re)discover and utilize the ancient Greek philosophy.

Total estimated time

Classroom study Course Seminar Practice
2 hours/week 2 0 0
28 hours/semester 28 0 0
Individual study Hours/sem
Total estimated time 103
Studying course notes and bibliography 50
Further documentation in libraries, electronic platforms, or on the field 15
Preparing essays, papers, or documentation 8
Personal tutoring 2
Total individual study 75


The main elements of the exam: preparing written papers; active presence on classes, oral exam