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Sustained engagement with Plato's dialogues, promoting philosophical encounter with issues which are foundational to Western thought, including knowledge, justice, truth, love and immortality. The unit allows time spent with Plato's treatment of key questions to become a prism in which can be found not only his predecessors — Socrates and the pre-Socratics — but also his approach to the very art of thinking itself.

Unit code: AP2500P (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Discuss key concepts in Western philosophy— including being, knowledge, love, truth, justice, and the soul—in relation to their origin in Plato’s thought.

2.

Identify elements of the "elenchic" Socratic method exhibited in the Socratic dialogues.

3.

Locate and discuss the presuppositions which inform Plato’s philosophy, as these bid to be foundational in Western philosophy;

4.

Reflect analytically upon the progress of the argument in selected dialogues

Unit sequence

AP2500P: 18 points of philosophy at first level

Pedagogy

Lectures and Tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Biffle, Christopher: A Guided Tour of Five Works by Plato: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo (Death Scene), Allegory of the Cave. 2nd. ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1995.
  • Brunschwig, Jacques, and Geoffrey E. R. Lloyd (eds). A Guide to Greek Thought: Major Figures and Trends. Harvard, MA: Harvard UP, 2003.
  • Kraut, Richard, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Plato. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1992.
  • Lampert, L. How Philosophy Became Socratic: A Study of Plato’s Protagoras, Charmides, and Republic. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2010.
  • Melchert, Norman. The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy. Third ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1999. Plato, The Collected Dialogues of Plato, including the Letters. Ed. Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns. Bollingen Series 71. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1961.
  • Santas, Gerasimos, ed..The Blackwell Guide to Plato’s Republic. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.
  • (***) Reeve, C.D.C (ed) A Plato Reader: Eight Essential Dialogues. Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Co., 2012.
  • Taylor, A. E. Plato: The Man and His Work. Dover Books on Western Philosophy. New York: Dover Books, 2011.
  • Vlastos, Gregory. Socrates: Ironist and Moral Philosopher. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 2250 50.0
Essay 2250 50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 21 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-09-21 19:11:32 +1000