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CLU22346 Plato

This module explores Plato’s (427-347 BC) dramatization of the revolution in philosophical thinking initiated in Athens by Socrates (469-399 BC) in the latter half of the fifth century BC. By closely reading Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito, we will discuss the intellectual context, central preoccupations, interpretative problems of Platonism, as we explore how Plato goes about constructing a manifesto for his own philosophy using the figure of his mentor Socrates.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Ashley Clements
  • Duration:
    • Semester 2
  • Contact Hours:
    • 33 (three reading classes per week)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 50% coursework (two written assignments), 50% written examination
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH Greek; Columbia Dual Degree; Visiting

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Translate the prescribed texts both literally and idiomatically
  • Analyse and explain Plato’s Greek
  • Interpret Plato’s dialogues in their historical, dramatic/literary and philosophical context as literary, philosophical and political works
  • Evaluate the key intellectual influences on Plato’s thought and the form of his writing
  • Critique modern scholarly interpretations of Plato
  • Formulate well-researched views in written assignments
  • Translate and analyse the language of unseen passages of similar genre, style or content