Philosophy of Plato: Jenny Morris

"European philosophy has famously been described as ‘a series of footnotes to Plato’. In this course we shall consider this assertion by discussing some of the central dialogues of Plato of Athens, with particular emphasis on the ways in which these dialogues set the agenda for later philosophical thought. It could be claimed we are still engaged in dialogue with Plato in the 21st century. Issues in moral philosophy, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, the philosophy or beauty, and the nature of existence itself are the key areas explored by Plato some two and a half millennia ago. Our central text will be Plato’s Republic, and participants may wish to have a copy of this to hand, though photocopies of the key passages will be provided. Participants need no previous formal experience of philosophy, though anyone uncertain about joining may find reading Plato’s short dialogue ‘Crito’ a helpful indication of what may be involved. Enquiries are welcomed by the tutor: binswood@hotmail.com"

Tutor: Jenny Morris

"Jenny Morris is an Associate Lecturer at the OU and also a schoolteacher, teaching Classics and Philosophy. She read these subjects at the University of Cambridge and undertook postgraduate research at University College London. She was Head of Classics at Bedford High School for Girls for twenty years and continues to teach in local schools. She started working as a tutor here at the REC in 2011 and enjoyed the company of its students immediately. "