The general topic will be Plato's late moral/political theory. After a cursory review of the moral/political positions taken in the Apology, Crito, and central books of the Republic, we will turn to Plato's subsequent, and arguably more realistic, views about how political communities should be constituted. We will start by looking carefully at the parts of the Republic explaining the inevitable collapse of the imaginary ideal city, and will then examine the conception of political knowledge and virtue found in the Statesman and (parts of) the Laws.
TEXT: Hackett Plato: Complete Works. Secondary literature to be provided as needed. Usual graduate seminar requirements.