PHIL828B     Seminar in the History of Philosophy: Plato's Ethics and Politics
Semester:Spring 2013
Instructor: Rachel Singpurwalla
Room:SKN 1116
Meeting Times:2:00pm - 4:30pm

This course will consist in an examination of several inter-connected themes in Plato’s politics, ethics, and moral psychology.  Plato thinks that the aim of politics is to promote human happiness.  But what, exactly, does human happiness consist in?  And how, exactly, should politics promote it? Answering these questions will lead us into an investigation of Plato’s views on moral education, autonomy, the good, and the nature and value of virtue.  Our primary texts will be the Protagoras, the Gorgias, and the Republic.