PHIL 431 A: Philosophy Of Plato

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 2:50pm
Location: 
SAV 136
SLN: 
19076
Instructor:
Jean Roberts

Additional Details:

We will focus on the “Socratic” dialogues, that is, those thought to have been written earliest and which attempt to arrive at definitions of virtues. Some attempt will be made to understand both Socrates’ varied influence on later ancient philosophers and his dramatic effect on his contemporaries, but mainly we will be talking about virtue. Dialogues to be read: Apology, Protagoras, Laches, Alcibiades, Charmides, Hippias Major, Gorgias, and parts of any others that come to seem relevant.

Requirements: For 3 credits, very regular short writing assignments. Students who need 5 credits may, with the instructor’s permission, sign up for an additional two credits of independent reading and write a final paper in addition.

TEXT: Plato: Complete Works, John M. Cooper, ed. Secondary literature will be made available on the course Canvas site.

Catalog Description: 
Study of selected middle and late dialogues.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Credits: 
3.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 14, 2017 - 9:13pm