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


Recommended Reading


  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.
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