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Plato's Middle Dialogues
PHIL 302
Fall 2006
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 302, CCIV 302

In this seminar we will conduct an intensive study of several key works by Plato, and thereby attempt to gain a better understanding of some of his main ideas, ideals, and lines of argument. We will study Plato as both philosopher and poet, private citizen and public intellectual. We will begin by examining the figure of Socrates, as well as the so-called "Socratic method". We will then spend the bulk of the semester engaging in a close reading of several key dialogues from Plato's "middle period", paying particular attention to the GORGIAS, PHAEDO, PHAEDRUS, and central books of the REPUBLIC. (The MENO and SYMPOSIUM are also likely to be the focus of our attention). Topics to be covered include metaphysics, epistemology, psychology, ethics, rhetoric, religion, myth, dialectic, Eros (love), politics, writing, and philosophy itself. Finally (time permitting) in the last few weeks of the semester we will discuss some of the hermeneutical problems, debates, and issues which arise in the study of Plato, and which have become a major concern of contemporary Plato scholarship. Our focus here--as well as throughout the seminar as a whole--will be to try to understand why Plato wrote dialogues, and how he conceived of his writing.

Essential Capabilities: Ethical Reasoning, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA PHIL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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