Fine Arts 536
DR. WHITNEY SCHWAB
Plato's Republic is undoubtedly one of the greatest works in the history of philosophy. The aim of this course is to develop a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the entire work, from the first page to the last. The book will serve as a springboard to discuss fundamental philosophical questions such as: What is the best life for human beings to live? What place, if any, does morality have in the good life? What is the best political organization? What is the nature of the human soul? What is the fundamental structure of reality? What can be known and how can it be known? Although our focus will be on reading the primary text (in English translation), we will also delve into some of the scholarly debates over its interpretation as well as the cultural and political influences on Plato’s writing and the influence Plato’s writing had on his culture and the subsequent historical tradition.
Prerequisites: two courses in Philosophy, at least one of which is at the 300 level, or permission by instructor.