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PHIL 310 001 (Web-Oriented Course)

The Philosophy of Plato

A study of Plato's dialogues and his influence on subsequent philosophy.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Location: Vancouver

Term 1 (Sep 08, 2020 to Dec 03, 2020)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): September 21, 2020


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : September 21, 2020
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
October 30, 2020

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Instructor: SOMMERVILLE, BROOKS
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-  This course will introduce you to Plato's philosophy as he develops it in a number of dialogues: Euthyphro, Protagoras, Phaedo, and Republic. At the time Plato writes these dialogues, the lines between philosophy and other disciplines, such as rhetoric, natural science, and religious prophesy, are not clearly drawn. While part of Plato's project is to draw and defend precisely these boundaries, the dialogues themselves are a complicated blend of philosophical and dramatic elements. We will examine the interaction between these elements. Some of the more dramatic features we will consider are: the role of the dialectical setting in framing the conversation to come; Plato's characterizations of Socrates and of his interlocutors; and his use of myth. We will follow Plato's Socrates as he se&~ eks to answer a variety of philosophical questions: What is the nature of the divine?; Is philosophy a form of rhetoric?; Are we immortal?; How does one become a morally good person?; What reasons does one have to want to be a good person? As we will see, Plato's distinctive formulations of these questions are of as much philosophical interest as his answers. COVID-19 notice: Please note that students will be expected to participate in one hour of synchronous instruction per week. All remaining elements of instruction will be asynchronous, except for office hours.

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