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.
discuss key concepts in Western philosophy — including being, knowledge, love, truth, justice, and the soul — in relation to their origin in Plato’s thought.
analyse elements of the "elenchic" Socratic method exhibited in the Dialogues.
reflect critically on the presuppositions which inform Plato’s thought, as these bid to be foundational in Western philosophy.
interrelate, using reflection and argument, the positions found in the various dialogues.
utilizing research, critically apply Plato's insights to a philosophical consideration of contemporary experience in one or more of the spheres treated.
The unit can be taken with another unit of philosophy (or philosophically-cognisant theology), as pre- or corequisite.
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*Seminar presentation of draft [clarity of presentation plus leadership of subsequent discussion to be assessed (40% of assessment for this essay)]; followed by submission of the written-up essay, assessed as a written piece of work (60%).
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 21 Sep, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-09-21 19:12:45 +1000