Jean Valerie Roberts
Study of selected middle and late dialogues.
This will be a course on Plato’s political philosophy. We will read parts of Crito, Republic, Statesman, and Laws, and anything else that comes to seem relevant as we go along. Our discussions will be focused on trying to figure out what Plato thought about democracy. Undergraduates will be required to write two short (5-6 page) papers and take a final. Graduates will write term papers instead of the two short papers. Undergrads ought to have taken at least one previous course in ancient philosophy. TEXT: "Plato: Complete Works", edited by John M. Cooper, Hackett 1997, and some secondary literature that will be provided in electronic form.
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