GK 390 • Plato's Middle Dialogues
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Plato's central position in the middle period is often said to be the theory of Forms, but this seems much less like a theory than it does like an expanding and shifting research project. The seminar will begin with a review of standard scholarly accounts of Forms and proceed to work through the relevant texts. In the process we will be considering ethical, political, and epistemological questions that a theory about the Forms is supposed to answer. Grading Policy One presentation in class, to be developed as a term paper. Two very short papers, one expounding a scholar's view of a relevant topic, and one analyzing an argument from a relevant text. I'll supply a list of topics for both. The text paper could grow into the presentation and term paper.
Readings from Plato will include all of the Republic and selections from: Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus, Republic, Cratylus, Theaetetus, Sophist, Statesman, and Timaeus.