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Plato's Republic

The 'Republic' is among Plato's most famous and longest works. In this course, we will read and discuss parts of Plato's text, and thereby explore his fascinating views on ethics, politics, metaphysics, psychology, and the nature of knowledge.

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Link Famous Last Words: Myth of Er

A link to J. Garvey's two-page draft of an editorial for The Philosopher's Magazine (2011, 53).

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Document Handout 8: The Happiness Arguments in Bk IX, 576–92

An attempt to clarify the three (murky) arguments for the claim that the philosophical life is the happiest. Two passages from Mill.

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Document Handout 7: The Line, Dialectics, and Good

A picture of the line, remarks on dialectics, a comparison with Descartes, and some comments on the Form of Good.

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Document Coursework 8: 595a–621d

Questions and background information for the ninth meeting.

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Document Handout 6: Platonic Forms or Ideas

A sheet with background information about Forms or Ideas.

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Document Coursework 7: 543a–592b

Questions and background information for the eighth meeting.

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Document Handout 5: The Ship; Key Questions Bk V–VII

Analysis of the ship analogy (488a–489a); overview of some central questions that guide Bks V–VII.

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Document Coursework 6: 502c–521b

Questions and background information for the seventh meeting.

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Link Plato's stave: academic cracks philosopher's musical code

Link to J. Baggini's article on the harmonical analysis mentioned in our discussion.

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Document Coursework 5: 471c–502c

Questions and background information for the sixth meeting.

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Document Handout 4: Poetry and Soul

Two arguments against poetry from Bk II and III; an overview of the soul–city connections and the virtues in Bk IV.

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Document Coursework 4: 427d–445e

Questions and background information for the fifth meeting.

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Link Ancient Theories of Soul

Entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy by H. Lorenz, 2009. See section 3 for Plato's account.

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Link Plato's Cave

In this episode of philosophybites, Simon Blackburn explores the cave analogy (514a ff.).

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Document Coursework 3: 412b–427c

Questions and background information for the fourth meeting.

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Link Plato and Totalitarianism

In this episode of philosophybites, Melissa Lane discusses the charge that Plato's ideal state is totalitarian.

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Document Handout 3: The Arguments of Republic Bk I

A sketch of the main arguments in Book I: Cephalus, Polemarchus, and Socrates' attempts to refute Thrasymachus.

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Document Handout 2: A (Very) Rough Guide to The Republic

A two-page overview that merely touches on some of the main points.

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Document Coursework 2: 357a–376c

Questions and background information for the third meeting.

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Document Handout 1: Comparing Translations

The passage where Thrasymachus (336b) bursts into the discussion in five different translations.

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