|Semester and Year||FA 2010|
|Instructor||Susanne Wofford, Harry Berger, Jr.|
|Time||11:00 AM - 1:45 PM|
Course meets for the first seven weeks only, September 13–October 25. Same as V29.0866. Open to Gallatin students. Permission of the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) required for all others.
A close reading of seven central Socratic dialogues that discuss (among other things) the nature of love and of the soul, the formation of the universe, the cosmology that can be deduced from it, the relation of love and ideas, the tragic story of Socrates’ trial, his defense, and his decision to accept the judgment of the court, namely to drink the hemlock. The class will look particularly at the use of irony to complicate key ideas, at the different, perhaps unreliable narrators included in each one, and at the ways in which literary form and philosophy intersect in these cases to complicate ideas about the ideal structure of the universe or of society. Readings: (1) Timaeus, Critias , (2) Symposium, Phaedrus , (3) Apology, Crito, Phaedo .
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