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PHIL 310 The Philosophy of Plato
A study of Plato's dialogues and his influence on subsequent philosophy.
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This course will introduce you to Platos philosophy as he develops it in a number of dialogues: Euthyphro, Protagoras, Phaedo, Gorgias, Republic, and Philebus. At the time Plato writes these dialogues, the lines between philosophy and other disciplines, such as rhetoric, natural science, and prophesy, are not clearly drawn. While part of Platos project is to draw and defend precisely these boundaries, the dialogues themselves are a complicated blend of philosophical, rhetorical, and dramatic elements. This course will examine the interaction between these elements. We will follow Platos Socrates as he seeks to answer a variety of philosophical questions, including: What is the nature of the divine?; Are we immortal?; What distinguishes knowledge from mere belief?; How does one become and ~
a morally good person?; What reasons does one have to want to be a good person?; Is pleasure ultimately what makes life worth living? The course aims to provide an understanding of some of the main issues, positions, and puzzles in Platos thought. Beyond this, it aims to make the student a better reader and writer of philosophy in general.