Plato and Socrates: Philosophy, Politics, and Desire|
Spring 2009 not offered
Plato writes political philosophy through dialogues, in which his teacher and friend Socrates is a central figure. What can we learn about politics from these conversations? Who should rule, and how? What is the relation of our desires to more abstract ideas by which we might live together? We will read short and long dialogues from different stages in Plato's life.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)
Plato, APOLOGY, CRITO, PHAEDO pt., LACHES, GORGIAS or PROTAGORAS, MENO, SYMPOSIUM, REPUBLIC, LAWS
Finley, DEMOCRACY, ANCIENT & MODERN
Klein, A COMMENTARY ON PLATO'S MENO
Strauss, THE CITY AND MAN
Boman, HEBREW THOUGHT COMPARED WITH GREEK
Lowes Dickinson, A MODERN SYMPOSIUM
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Class presentation and paper; midterm essay; final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Some background in social or political theory -- from GOVT, SOC, HIST, PHIL, RELI, CSS, or COL -- is helpful.
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