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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?
Format: seminar; For the fall of 2020, this course will taught online. The seminar will meet at the regularly scheduled time twice a week or at a mutually agreed on time that does not conflict with other course work.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
evaluation will be based on class participation, several short written assignments, a midterm and final exam, and a longer final paper
CLGR 201 or permission of instructor
if oversubscribed, preference given to majors in Classics, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, English or another literature