Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Studies in Plato's Philosophy

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Every year the lecturer will select one text from the Platonic corpus. One of the following will be closely read: (a) the Symposium; (b) the Phaedrus; (c) the Euthyphro; (d) the Phaedo and the various themes raised within each of the texts will be examined. The range from the nature of love, to the nature of knowledge to the immortality of the soul.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of Plato's philosophy through a close engagement with specific texts so as to bring out the richness of Plato's thought.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- be aware of the meaning of key concepts in the Plato's philosophy (The Good, time and eternity, truth, justice, love, the nature of dialogue);
- examine key philosophical and theoretical themes in Plato's philosophy;
- explain the engagement of certain contemporary philosophers with Plato;
- evaluate the Key concepts that characterize the Platonic discourse, such as the Good, Truth, Justice, Love and the nature of Dialogue.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- relate Platonic philosophy with other areas of philosophy, particularly with metaphysics, ethics and politics;
- bring out the interrelationships between the key concepts within this area;
- engage with the challenges raised by Plato's philosophy.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Jowett, B., M.A. (Trans.) (1980) The Dialogues of Plato. Random House N.Y.
- Diogenes Laertius (c. early 3rd century AD) Lives of the Philosophers, trans. R.D. Hicks, (1925) Diogenes Laertius: Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Loeb Classical Library, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press and London: Heinemann, 2 vols. (Greek text with facing English Translation; book III contains Diogenes’ life of Plato.)
- Friedländer, P. (1958, 1964, 1969) Plato, trans. H. Meyerhoff, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 3 vols. (An account of the dialogues particularly recommended for its treatment of the philosophical significance of their literary characteristics.)
- Grote, G. (1867) Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, London: John Murray, 2nd edn, 3 vols. (An unrivalled account of the dialogues by the greatest nineteenth-century Plato Scholar.)

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 50%
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LECTURER/S Michael Zammit

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