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Plato 2009

PHIL2010: Plato.

Semester 1, 2009-10


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Plato, by Raphael (1510)

Plato, by Raphael (1510)

Coordinator: Dr Timothy O’Leary
Office: MB 309
Ph: 2859 2796
Email: teoleary@hku.hk
Lectures:

Tuesdays  & Thursdays    2:00-2:50pm

Room:

Course Description:
The course focuses on the early and middle dialogues of Plato, in which the character of Socrates is central. Questions to be considered include: Plato’s conception of philosophy; the importance of the ‘literary’ and ‘dramatic’ elements in Plato’s works; the relation between virtue and knowledge; the nature of love, desire, and sexuality, and their relation to philosophical wisdom; the legacy of ‘Platonism’ and ‘anti-Platonism’ in contemporary philosophy.
The course will consist of 20 lectures and 4 tutorials.

Essential Reading (all available in the HKU bookstore):

Plato, The Last Days of Socrates, Penguin.

Plato, The Symposium, Penguin.

Plato, The Protagoras and Meno, Penguin.

Recommended Reading:

Brickhouse & Smith, Plato and the Trial of Socrates, Routledge 2004.

Additional reading will be available to photocopy from the Department Office. Other items will be on Reserve in the Main Library.

Assessment:

Tutorial Presentation (20%)
Each student will make an oral presentation at one of the COMPULSORY Tutorials.

Tutorial Participation (10%)
You will be assessed on your level of preparation and ability to contribute to class discussion.

Mid-term Essay (40%)
A 2,000 word essay. Due Oct 23rd.

Final Oral Exam (30%)
Each student will meet with me for 15-30mins at an agreed time at the end of the semester. Assessment will be based on your preparedness, range of reading, and ability to present, defend and criticise positions in the interpretation of Plato.

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