Socrates, Plato & Aristotle

Classical Greece was one of the leading civilisations of the pre Christian world around the Mediterranean.  It in many ways helped create the modern world, and the ideas that continue to shape that world.  The documentaries left and right help introduce this era

In tracing the development of Western European thought, the obvious starting point has to be Socrates.

Alain de Botton, a contemporary philosopher from the UK, has examined a range of philosophers from history and in his series 'Consolations of Philosophy' attempts to demonstrate their relevance to the 21stC.

Watching his episode on Socrates, note down:

- What was Socrates' mission; what did he want to do?

- Why did he think this was necessary?

- What relevance does this have for us in the 21stC?

- Why do you think Socrates has been called the   

  father of western Philosphy?

Western Philosophy pt I - evolution of thought starting in Greece (23.00 on - Plato, Aristotle..)

Bryan Magee's interview of Miles Burnyeat about Plato

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Professor Armand Leroi's BBC documentary about Aristotle
Bryan Magee interview with Martha Nussbaum about Aristotle