Plato’s writing has exercised an incalculable influence on the development of subsequent philosophy and literature, but his dialogues are equally compelling when they are read independently of the works they have inspired. In this course we will read substantial selections from one or more of the so-called middle dialogues (Symposium, Phaedo, Republic, Phaedrus), in which a variety of speakers, including Socrates, ask and provisionally answer questions such as what are love, beauty, and justice, and how does the human soul in possession of these goods participate in the divine?
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, several short written assignments, a midterm and final exam, and a longer final paper
Prerequisites: CLGR 201 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: if oversubscribed, preference given to majors in Classics, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, English or another literature
Distributions: Division I;