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Jean Valerie Roberts
PHIL 520
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Ancient Philosophy

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This will be a seminar on Plato’s conception of virtue, beginning with some “Socratic” dialogues, in particular, Laches and Charmides, and moving on to the Statesman. Familiarity with the Apology, Crito, Euthyphro, and Republic will be assumed. Questions to be discussed include, but are not exhausted by: what is virtue (what sort of thing is it, and what makes some things of that sort virtue rather than vice), how is knowledge or wisdom related to virtue, and how are the various virtues related to each other. These questions will be raised along with background questions about how to read a Platonic dialogue and how to move from one dialogue to another.

Textbook: "Plato: Complete Works", ed. by J.M.Cooper. Hackett 1997. Secondary literature will be supplied electronically.

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Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 09/13/2011