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Polytheism in Greek Philosophy-II

Polytheism in Greek Philosophy-II

Dive into the depths of ancient Greek philosophy in our unique online course, blending polytheist devotion with philosophical inquiry. From the Presocratics to Plato and Aristotle, uncover how classical thinkers contributed to the “Olympian project,” enriching our understanding of the cosmos through a polytheistic lens. This course offers a fresh perspective on Greek philosophy, revealing its enduring relevance and divine underpinnings. No previous coursework required—ideal for anyone seeking to explore the rich intersection of faith and reason in ancient Greece.

Join us and discover the divine wisdom of the ancients. Enroll now!

COHORT COURSE*

*The Course may not be offered if the number of registrations is less than 15.

Duration
15 Hours
Date & Time

6 April 2024 - 20 July 2024

8:00 PM IST-9:00 PM IST

Every Saturday (Except May 18th)

Price

Course Fee: ₹3500
Enrollment Manual
Medium of Instruction
English
Validity
One year from the end date of the course
Delivery
Online through INDICA Courses Portal
Contact Details

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Introduction

Welcome to the second module of our journey through “Polytheism in Greek Philosophy.” Building upon the foundational concepts explored in our first module—where we delved into the philosophy within Hellenic theology through the mythological poets, particularly focusing on Zeus’s regime and the “Olympian project”—this module aims to deepen our understanding. We will explore how classical Greek philosophers embraced and propelled the Olympian project, engaging in philosophy as a form of polytheist devotion. Our journey begins with the Presocratic philosophers, exploring the notions of elements and principles as a means to understand causality. We then move on to a thorough examination of Plato’s philosophy, integrating physical, ethical, and spiritual dimensions in a rational yet non-reductive manner. Finally, we delve into post-Platonic movements, setting the stage for our subsequent exploration in Late Antiquity, including Aristotle and the early Stoics’ philosophies of Being. This module reinterprets Greek philosophy, not as a challenge to polytheism but as a vibrant expression within it, aiming to cultivate the divine within ourselves in harmony with the Gods, not that we may take the place of the Gods, but that we may participate as fully as possible in Their blessed way of being.

Course Objectives

This course carries forward the plan for the series by investigating the nature of philosophical inquiry in classical Greece and the fundamental doctrines of the classical Greek philosophers in the light of Hellenic polytheism.This course is designed to stand on its own, making it accessible to those who have not participated in the first module.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have a solid understanding of Hellenic metaphysics and its relationship with the sacred cosmos of ancient Greece.

Course Syllabus

  • The Presocratics: Exploration of Elements and Principles.
  • Plato’s Integral Vision: Discussing Immortality and Form; Cosmic Causality; and Henology.
  • Aristotle & the Early Stoics: Examining Being and its Forefront.

Reading List

  • Selected fragments of the Presocratic philosophers
  • Plato, selected dialogues including the Phaedo, the Phaedrus, the Timaeus, the Parmenides and the Philebus
  • Selections from Aristotle’s Metaphysics and selected fragments of the early Stoics

Course includes

  • Live sessions
  • Access to class recordings for asynchronous participation
  • Certificate of Completion upon successful course completion

*Important Enrollment Notice: Please note that this course requires a minimum of 15 registrations to proceed. If the number of enrolled students falls short of this requirement, the course will not be offered. In such an event, all registered participants will be informed and a full refund will be issued.

Faculty
teacher

Dr. Edward P Butler

Dr. Edward P Butler is the Director of INDICA Center for Polytheism Studies.

He received his doctorate in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, New York City, for his dissertation “The Metaphysics of Polytheism in Proclus” (2004). Since then, he has pursued an ambitious research program in philosophy, theology, and the philosophy of religion, publishing regularly in academic journals, edited volumes and devotionals.

His areas of specialization include ancient Platonism, ancient Greek theology, ancient Egyptian theology, and the polytheistic philosophy of religion in general. In addition to his theoretical work on polytheism, he has been a practicing devotional polytheist his entire adult life, and is an advocate for the preservation, restoration and revival of polytheistic traditions around the globe.