PHI223  Topics in Ancient Philosophy (Socrates)

Outline:

Socrates has come to represent the ideal of a life devoted to philosophy. He engaged in searching discussion with his contemporaries. He was prosecuted for impiety, condemned to death, and accepted his sentence willingly. The main (but not the only) source for our knowledge of Socrates is Plato. This module examines the picture of Socrates that Socrates presents in some of his earlier dialogues.

Students will read a range of Platonic dialogues (Laches, Euthyphro, Charmides, Apology, Crito and Gorgias. The module will also involve reading ancient texts by authors other than Plato: Encomium of Helen and On What Is Not by Gorgias of Leontini, and the anonymous Dissoi Logoi.

Assessment

Two coursework essays (50%) and one pre-released two-hour exam (50%)

Lecturer

Stephen Makin

Lectures: Autumn Semester 2016-17

Thurs 1-2
DIA-LT8

Thurs 3-4
MAPP-LT10

Seminars (starting in Week 3)

Fri 11-12
JB-116

Fri 12-1
JB-116

Where to find more materials for this module

All the materials for this module (the Course Information and Recommended Reading booklet; handouts, essay questions etc) are available from the PHI223 MOLE site.