PHIL 501 - Plato
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
PHIL 405, 406 or permission of instructor. Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course studies Plato’s Republic against the background of Plato’s Socratic works. It systematically considers the main argument of the Republic—Socrates’s effort to show that the life of justice is superior to the life of injustice—together with the many subsidiary themes and imagery for which the work is famous. Our central focus and through-line will be Plato’s attempt to ground conventional principles of morality in a theory of human nature and to show that the requirements of morality coincide with the requirements of self-interest. Along the way, the course will highlight topics at the fore of relevant recent interpretive controversies. These include the coherence of Thrasymachus’s immoralism, the psychology of Book IV, the account of knowledge set out in Books VI and VII, and the significance of Forms for Plato’s epistemology and ethics.


PHIL 501 - Plato
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
13Graduate Standing
M 4:00PM - 6:30PM

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