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PHIL 5846 Plato's Republic (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Welcome to one of Plato's greatest dialogues, the Republic. As a Platonic dialogue, the Republic has it all: an aporetic beginning (Book I), an ideal state, philosopher-kings, the theory of forms, degenerative states and souls, true and pseudo pleasures, and a great myth. In defense of a life of justice over injustice, this text involves ethics, politics, epistemology, psychology, and metaphysics. Classes will be run seminar style, so it expected that students participate generously in classroom discussions. There will also be selected readings from Greek literature and Aristotle in order to enhance an understanding of Plato's views.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Deborah DeChiara-Quenzer

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 14-Mar-16