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Greek Philosophy

Greek Philosophy
The art of living

“Greek Philosophy: the art of living” is not just another course on ancient Greek philosophy.

Apart from presenting the philosophy of ancient Greeks, it brings the past to the present, by adjusting the teachings of the philosophers to the problems one may face today, in order to offer a new perspective and therefore a different way of coping with them.

Greek philosophy emerged from observing life in order to help people live better.

It provides us the intellectual equipments for dealing successfully with multiple situations in our everyday life. Its teachings apply even today, and they are used widely.

For example, the philosophies of Aristotle and Plato are analyzed in Business Ethics, in order to teach managers how to run their organizations better.

Even Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, used Aristotle’s tools of persuasion (ethos, pathos, logos) from conferences to TV interviews.

This online course which is part of the Arts and Culture category, will not just introduce you to the thought of Heraclitus, Democritus, Socrates and of other philosophers.

It will give  you alternatives for living a good life in a world of dazzling change.



Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy
Privatdozent Dr , Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Hello, my name is Michalis Katsimitsis.
I'm a Doctor of Philosophy and i have developed a programme "Greek Philosophy" The Art of Living under the academic supervision of Sotiris Fournaros who is assistant professor of Philosophy at the University of Athens.

The aim of the programme is to offer you a different approach to Greek Philosophy. In most cases we are used to attending philosophy programmes that just present and analyze what Thales had said about the origin of the world or Plato's theory of forms or Aristotle's logic and so on.
No matter how interesting how these programmes may be, they are incomplete because they lack a fundamental characteristic of Greek Philosophy that is its connection to life.

Ancient Greek Philosophy was not a search for knowledge for knowledge's sake, but it means to improve one's life, to alleviate its burdens and to offer a kind of guide for a well-being.

Of course one could reasonably argue that the times of Heraclitus, of Socrates, of Protagoras were totally different to ours, this is true but it is also the reason why Ancient Greek Philosophy remains important because it teaches us even today valuable lessons regarding our everyday lives.

Therefore, the programme "Greek Philosophy" the Art of Living does not only analyze the philosophies of Ancient Greece in such a way that they're easy to comprehend.

It also highlights the most valuable lessons that give us the opportunity to look into our life from a different perspective.

But the programme goes even further.

With our workshops, you'll have the opportunity to exercise and develop your philosophical thinking since you will be called to develop philosophical arguments on a variety of subjects.

Greek Philosophy - The Art of Living is a programme that everybody with an interest in Philosophy and don't know how to use it to improve one's life can and must follow.v

Come join us to this wonderful journey from Ancient Greece to Modern Life.

The programme is addressed to anyone who wants not only to learn what the ancient Greek philosophers taught, but also to philosophize on modern life through ancient Greek philosophy.


The programme “Greek Philosophy: the art of living” exceeds the scope of an ordinary course on ancient Greek philosophy. Its aim is not just to bring participants in touch with the ancient Greek philosophical intellect –the source of Western civilization– from the dawn of philosophical thought until the advent of Christianity; it also aims to connect ancient Greek philosophy with modern life, as well as highlight the ways in which Greek philosophy can improve our everyday lives. 

Lesson 1
Why philosophy? Why ancient Greek philosophy?

What is the role of philosophy in our lives, and the importance of ancient Greek philosophy in particular?

Lesson 2
From myth to reason

The transition from mythological to rational thinking and the birth of philosophy in ancient Greece.

Lesson 3
The first philosophers

The first philosophers, living in a world at the threshold of reason, gave the first rational answers for the creation of the Kosmos (world) and the emergence of man.

Lesson 4

An outstanding figure of the ancient Greek world, Pythagoras shaped a philosophy with strong religious elements and created a philosophical community, that lived by its own rules.

Lesson 5

The "obscure" aristocrat philosopher, whom even the ancients had difficulty to understand. Heraclitus is the philosopher who praised war and fire, and even today is held in high esteem.

Lesson 6
The Eleatics

III.Zeno – Melissus
Their common origin as well as the commonalities in their philosophical thought do not obscure the differences in their thought, the uniqueness of their philosophy and the paradoxes used to defend their philosophical positions.

Lesson 7
The other Presocratics

III. Leucippus – Democritus
The last pre-Socratic philosophers are equally important, as they offer different interpretations of the world, some of which have been restated in modern times.

Lesson 8
Socrates – Sophists

Socrates is the figure that changed the course of philosophical thought. His adversaries, the Sophists, focused on teaching and commenced a dynamic and productive philosophical debate on key issues.

Lesson 9

Pupil of Socrates, and one of the most prominent philosophers of all times; his influence is intense even today.

Lesson 10

The most distinguished of Plato's pupils, who taught us how to think logically and do research scientifically.

The programme evaluation is based on written answers to questions at the conclusion of each module and two written essays of 2,000 words in the middle of the course as well as a  final one of 4,000 words.

Online and distance learning at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens offers a new way of combining innovative learning and teaching techniques with interaction with your tutor and fellow students from around the world.

The e-learning programme is implemented via a user-friendly educational platform adjusted to the Distance Learning Principles. Programmes are structured as weekly online meetings; interaction with the programme tutor and other students takes place in a virtual learning environment. The programmes are designed to fit around your schedule; you access the programme whenever it is convenient for you.

The whole world becomes your classroom as e-learning can be done on laptops, tablets and phones – it is a very mobile method. Learning can be done on the train, on a plane or even during your trip to Greece!

The educational platform is a portal that offers access to electronic classrooms based on modern distance learning technologies. The computer based nature of training means new technology is being introduced all the time to help students engage and learn in a tailored way that will meet their needs. Each e-classroom is similar to a traditional teaching classroom. Students have access to e-classrooms with their personal code number in order to browse  the teaching material, to being informed about the latest news/updates and interact with their instructors. Moreover, through own personal e-mail account through which they can contact directly their mentors or the administration office of the programme and share any concerns or anxieties related to the programme and make the most form their experience.

In each programme, learners submit the corresponding tests, within the deadline given by their instructors. Final mark fluctuates from 0 to 100%. The overall grade in each programme is calculated based on the student's marks on assessment exercises that follow each unit  while their instructor might also assign them with a final assessment at the end of the programme. Finally, if the total score on one or more lessons of the programme does not exceed 50%, students can ask for reassessment.

During the programme students will be attending lectures and group seminars presented by academics and speakers from the National University of Athens as well as from other Universities, Research Institutes and Cultural organizations around Greece. In addition, when you study with us, you have online access to first-class resources relevant to your programme – plus you can browse material in other subject areas.

Every week e-learners are provided with the relevant material , either  video-lectures or  typed notes and relevant resources or a combination of both.

Interactivity, lower costs and our long experience guarantees that studying with us will offer a successful and rewarding experience. Finally, the access to a large variety of material and online resources available in each unit aims to excite your curiosity and guide you in studying further on your favourite topic will the online material which can be downloaded will give you the opportunity to quickly refresh your memory after the completion of the programme.