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CLAS 2220 The Platonic Dialogue (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course will examine Plato's dialogues as a philosophical art form. We will study the dialogues' position within the history of Greek literature, the different types of dialogues in the Platonic corpus, and their reception in Rome and beyond. Considerable time will be spent reading a wide range of individual dialogues in translation. Some topics to be covered include: the function of dialectic in the education of the philosopher, Plato's use of non-philosophical forms such as poetry and myth in his dialogues, and the limitations of writing as a means of conveying knowledge.


Instructor(s): Daniel Harris- McCoy

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PHIL2221

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Last Updated: 24-Feb-14