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Philosophy of Plato

Jenny Morris

Course Title: Philosophy of Plato

Course Code: 5XPP10A19

Start Date: 20/09/2019

Day of the Week:
  • Friday

Session: Morning

Length in weeks: 10

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Price: £

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

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