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Department of Philosophy

University of Peradeniya

PHY 204 - Greek Philosophy

The course traverses the following sketch.

  1. Ancient Greek thinking based on mythology and religion was replaced by Thales the father of Greek philosophy by advancing his idea of an inquiry concerning the nature of things.
  2. This method of independent reasoning was further developed by the pre-Socratics.
  3. The Sophists turned away from the notion of “ nature of things” and advanced that of “man and value”.
  4. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle made fuller and systematic philosophical thinking.
  5. After Aristotle, Greek philosophy declined.

Reading List
1. Zeller, Edward., Outline History of Greek philosophy, London, Routedge & Kegan Paul Ltd. 1955.
2. Burnet, John., Greek philosophy (Thales to Plato), London, Macmillan, 1920.
3. Burnet, John., Adi Grekka Maieyal, Colombo, 1965.
4. Plato, Kudiyarasu, Tami Nadu, 1970.
5. Aristotle, Arasiyal, Chennai, 1974.
6. ජෝන් බර්නව්, ආදී ග්‍රීක දර්ශනය, රාජ්‍ය භාෂා දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව, කොළඹ.
7. ඒ. ඩී. පී. කලන්සූරිය, දාර්ශනික චින්තන ධාරා, ග්‍රීක දාර්ශනිකයෝ, ආරිය මුද්‍රණ, වරකාපොල, 1997.