Undergraduate Course: Socrates and Plato: Five Dialogues (CLTR10015)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course offers an introduction to Socrates and Plato through the study of five early-to-middle Platonic dialogues, all reading being done in translation. The five dialogues will be chosen from: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Laches and Phaedo.
The main question the course investigates is the historical relation between, on the one hand, Socrates' philosophy and practice of cross-examination and, on the other, Plato as the greatest exponent, but not inventor, of the literary genre of Socratic dialogues. The syllabus may be as follows (the course booklet is authoritative).
1. a) Introduction; Nomos and Phusis b) Greek reading class,
2. a) Euthypro 1 b) Euthypro 2/ Greek reading class
3 a) Apology 1 b) Apology 2/ Greek reading class etc.
4. a) Apology 3 b) Crito 1
5. a) Crito 2 b) Socratic dialogues: Plato and his predecessors
6. a) The quest for the historical Socrates b) Meno
7. a) NB translation exam: up to section 94c8; Meno 1 b) Meno 2
8. a) Meno 3 and b) Meno 4
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Socrates and Plato (GREE10023)
||Other requirements|| A pass in Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008) and/or The Greek World 1A: Greece in the Making (CLGE08001) and/or The Greek World 1B: Greece's New Horizons (CLGE08002) is recommended
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter(at least 2 of which should be in Classical Literature) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion an understanding of the difficulties of ascribing a specific philosophy to the historical Socrates, as opposed to the various claims made by the first generation of writers of Socratic dialogues and awareness of Plato displacement of his competitors in the quest to establish himself as Socrates' main philosophical successor;
- demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion knowledge of the basic ethical tenets found in the early Platonic dialogues;
- demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
- demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Prior, W. ed. (1996) Socrates. Critical Assessments, 4 Vols., London
Vlastos, G. Vlastos, G. (1991) Socrates, Ironist and Moral Philosopher, Cambridge, 1991
Benson, H.H. ed. (2006) A Companion to Plato, Wiley-Blackwell
Everson, S. ed., Companions to Ancient Thought 4. Ethics
Fine, G. ed. (1999) Plato, 2 vols. (1. Metaphysics and epistemology. 2. Ethics, Politics, religion and the Soul) Oxford
Kahn, C.K. (1996) Plato and the Socratic Dialogue, Cambridge
Kraut, R. ed. The Cambridge Companion to Plato, Cambridge, 1992
Smith, N.D. (1998) Plato. Critical assessments 4 vols., London
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Classics Secretary on 50 3580 for approval to be obtained.
|Keywords||Socrates / Plato / English Translation
|Course organiser||Dr Benjamin Harriman
Tel: (0131 6)51 5198
|Course secretary||Miss Alexandra Adam
Tel: (0131 6)50 3767