Mar 09, 2016
Good intro to early Greek philosophy. Dr Meyer has a simple and subtly humorous approach to the material. Dr Meyer makes the subject approachable so that the student wants to do further reading.
Apr 02, 2019
I was always wanted to know things on Ancient Philosophy, This course has an over all understanding for Plato's work and his students with their different prospective on him and his philosophy.
by David M•
Jun 05, 2016
A good introduction to Ancient Greek Philosophy, though not as in depth as it could be
Dec 13, 2019
I think it was an enriching course. Though not many other students to engage with.
by Alina S•
Jun 02, 2016
everything is fine but the music before each lecture is so loud and annoying
by Chatziiosifidis A•
Sep 16, 2017
Very interesting , well designed and presented, introductory course
by Clotilde D•
Feb 02, 2019
Great course, interesting topics and explanations, thanks !
by Francisco L•
Jun 26, 2019
Very interesting but some parts too solid.
by Leonidas T•
Mar 11, 2016
Very interesting and well structure course.
by Warren C•
Apr 18, 2019
Good background for further exploration.
by Almis P S•
Jun 14, 2016
Interesting material well presented.
by Josef P•
Mar 10, 2016
Clear and insightful explanation.
by Clare H•
Jan 13, 2018
This course covers a lot of very interesting material and is presented in a calm, clear, organized manner. I thought the selected materials were well-chosen and presented in a way that captured the most important ideas of the philosophers discussed. I would not recommend this course to anyone with any formal background in philosophy, as the pace is somewhat slow, and the course spends a lot of time covering some basics of philosophy. (This may be an unfair critique, since I covered this material in college. I was drawn to this course as a refresher, but also hoping to learn something new or gain a new perspective on material I had already read. Rather, this is very much an introductory survey.) As a technical issue, I did not like the "pop quizzes" interspersed into the videos. These were annoying, breaking up the flow of the lecture merely to reiterate basic points. These interruptions added no value. I also disliked the introduction to each video: while it was well-produced, it was repetitive. The into music should be only on the first video, or, at most, on the first video of every section. Not each and every video. It may seem like a little thing, but each video is short, which means you're listening to the same musical into every 5 minutes or so. This is maddening. I skipped over it, but I'd prefer if the videos were edited in a way that acknowledges that people will likely be "binge watching" these, and formatted to flow one into the other seamlessly.
by GiGi H•
Aug 30, 2016
It's ok; worth your time if you are trying to get into philosophy and want part of the proper foundation. Overall I enjoyed it and it was good as a hand-hold through the pre-Socratics and some of the most essential Platonic writings.
Pros: the videos are pretty easy to understand, and the material chosen/covered is good to know.
Cons: the video quiz questions are really...dull...and there are too many. A downside of the ease of the videos/lectures is that they don't really go that in depth, and they're nowhere near the quality I've seen in other Coursera courses (like the Kierkegaard course from UCopenhagen).
by Jeffrey A S A•
Aug 12, 2019
The content of the course is quite striking since this knowledge is not found everywhere, free and especially taught by a connoisseur. However, the videos are quite tedious since, in my opinion, the voice and tone of the teacher comes a time when it does not transmit energy and therefore is tedious, especially because they could help her with images, examples, animations etc. that could be more interesting and even more striking.
by Nick d U•
May 09, 2016
The course material is OK; the lectures are fun and interesting, but to pass the course you need to submit an assignment that is subjected to peer review and you will need to get approval by all of your peers. However the act of subscribing to a MOOC alone does not make people suited to review other peoples work...
by Julie C•
Apr 12, 2016
The professor is animated and clearly loves her subject. I don't think we need to stop so frequently to ask a quiz question though. It's best to keep going on one subject without interruption.
by Mrigank G•
Jan 13, 2019
Content is interesting but the teaching style could be more engaging
by Mick H•
Aug 30, 2016
Heavy going! Informative though - and an engaging teacher.
by jenny h•
Oct 13, 2016
Initially, I was excited about this course, but I lost interest due to two things. First, while the beginning segments about how we know the Presocratics was great, the presentation of the early Milesians was shallow and did not deepen my understanding of their world and thought. Then, the section on Parmenides made me lose faith in the teacher - she presented his main ideas in such a way as to obscure his vision, which is of what we now call a multiverse, a world in which all things exist potentially. The best part of the course was that it made me seek out other writers about Parmenides.
by ADI S P R•
Sep 02, 2019
can give a better explanation in simple term rather more reading content. But overall a good beginner course