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UCL Summer School in Ancient Philosophy

Plato Aristotle by Raphael

University College London
Monday 29 July to Friday 02 August 2019

What are the origins of the world? How can we achieve happiness? What is the best form of government? Is democracy good? These are only some of the questions which ancient philosophers tried to answer more than 2,500 years ago. Their bold and unprecedented enterprise prompted an intellectual revolution, the relevance of which has not since faded. The Summer School in Ancient Philosophy aims to follow the steps of the ancient philosophers in their enquiries on the world and human life, and explore their continuing importance today.

The Summer School offers a five-day programme covering the major themes and thinkers of Ancient Philosophy. There will be four classes each day, between 10:30 am. and 3.30pm. The fee is £120. The course is not residential

Students will be assigned to teaching groups of normally not more than 15-20 people. Groups will comprise students with similar levels of knowledge of the subject.

Classes will consist of lectures, close reading of texts, and debates and will touch on a variety of themes, including ethics, metaphysics, and theories of knowledge. Texts will be studied in translation, though some classes will be offered in the original language. The style of teaching is friendly, but demanding. Students are expected to actively participate in classes, and they will be invited to discuss and critically engage with texts along with other students and teachers. Our tutors include some of the most talented and passionate teachers of ancient philosophy in the London area and beyond.

Courses

INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
WHAT IS REALITY? ANCIENT THEORIES ON METAPHYSICS
WHAT IS HAPPINESS? ANCIENT THEORIES ON ETHICS
WHAT CAN WE KNOW? ANCIENT THEORIES ON EPISTEMOLOGY
PLATO’S SYMPOSIUM
  • The programme for the Summer School in Ancient Philosophy
  • The cost of the Summer School is £120 and you can pay via UCL's online store. This includes all tuition, but not accommodation or travel expenses.

Enquiries

Please email the Summer School. Completed application forms should be returned to:
Dr Nicolò Benzi
UCL Summer School in Ancient Philosophy,
c/o Department of Greek and Latin,
University College London,
Gower Street,
London WC1E 6BT


Useful information

  • How to find us

University College London's Bloomsbury campus is located close to Euston station, and a short walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras.

➣ A map of the campus
➣ Information on local bus and tube services

  • Accommodation

The Summer School is non-residential. However, students who require somewhere to stay can (subject to availability) arrange accommodation in a University of London Hall of Residence. Details of prices, availability and information on how to book can be found on the website of the University of London. Places may be also available in a UCL Hall of Residence: for further information see the UCL Residences website.

  • Regulatory Framework

The UCL regulatory framework for life learning applies to this Summer School.