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Mid-Term Essay

Mid-term Essay (40%)

A 2,000 word essay. Due Oct 23rd. Philosophy Department Main Office, before 5:00pm.

Choose ONE topic:

1. Discuss the role(s) that irony plays in both Socrates’ method and in Plato’s dialogues.

2.   Socrates claims that “true philosophers make dying their profession” (Phaedo, 67e).  Discuss the concept of philosophy that emerges in Plato’s early and middle dialogues (eg. Euthyphro, Apology, Phaedo). How complex and/or contradictory is it?

NB: You must refer to more than Plato’s texts, and preferably to more than the photocopies which have been provided – do some research!

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