Undergraduate Course: Plato's Republic (LLLI07007)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled. The course will guide students through a reading of the whole of Plato┐s Republic ┐ which is arguably the most important philosophical text of all time. The text is a seminal work in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political theory, and aesthetics ┐ and so students will be introduced to these branches of philosophy, and to ancient Greek thought generally.
Content of course
1. Book 1 ┐ Introduction
2. Book 2 ┐ Justice and Injustice: is justice good in itself, or is it good on account of its consequences?
3. Book 3 ┐ The Noble Lie: is it ever morally permissible for rulers to lie in order to pursue the public interest?
4. Book 4 - Justice in the State and the Individual: how do we achieve a harmonious and healthy soul?
5. Book 5 ┐ Women and the Family: how are women and children to contribute to the public good in the ideal state?
6. Book 6 ┐ The Philosopher King: democracy may result in the translation of public ignorance into public policy ┐ so who should rule?
7. Book 7 ┐ The Cave: what is the condition of those who lack a philosophical education, and what is the process of coming to enlightenment?
8. Book 8 ┐ Imperfect Societies: what are the defects of those political regimes where the philosopher does not rule?
9. Book 9 ┐ Tyranny: is the tyrannical man ever truly happy?
10. Book 10 ┐ The attack on Poetry and the Myth of Er: Plato argues that poets should be banished from the well ordered state, before concluding the text with his own poetical account of the afterlife.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| By the end of this course, students should be able to:
┐ Explain the dialectical method employed by Plato;
┐ Locate the Republic in the context of the history of Western philosophy, in terms of its influence, and of the subsequent development of key philosophical theories;
┐ State in outline Plato┐s positions on metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political theory, and aesthetics;
┐ Critically evaluate the positions which Socrates adopts with respect to these topics;
┐ Use appropriately philosophical terminology, both as employed in the text and more generally.
Plato., 2008. The Republic. Waterfield, R., ed. Oxford: Oxford World┐s Classics.
Benson, H.H., 2009. A Companion to Plato. London: Blackwell.
John Gordon┐s (course tutor) website: http://www.glaucon.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
Tutorial questions and class summaries will be posted to the above web site.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
|Course secretary||Mrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855