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History of Philosophy II

Plato and Aristotle

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Michal Zvarík

The coursebook presents Plato and Aristotle as the two most significant and groundbreaking thinkers of European thought from the era of classical Greek philosophy. The author provides prefatory orientation in the labyrinth of their complex thought and sketches their metaphysics, problems of knowledge and ethics. He departs from the fact that both thinkers are similar in striving to overcome problems of their period by localizing the human being into a hierarchical order of beings, which obliges in questions of the possibility of knowledge as well as of the right conduct.
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Michal Zvarík works as a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy at Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Trnava University. His research interests include ancient Greek philosophy, Hannah Arendt and phenomenology, mostly in relation to phenomena of a political space. In present he is providing research on intellectual virtues in Aristotle, especially on the problem of phronesis. In 2011 he published Predsudok vo fenomenológii každodennosti: Štruktúra predsudku u Edmunda Husserla, Alfreda Schütza a Martina Heideggera and in 2013 co-translated Home & Beyond: Generative Phenomenology after Husserl, by Anthony Steinbock into Slovak.

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