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Plato and Platonism (6 points)


Leader: Dirk Baltzly

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: In the first part of this century the British philosopher A. N. Whitehead remarked that 'all philosophy is but a series of footnotes to Plato.' This unit introduces students to some of the central themes in Plato's work. These will include: the relation between knowledge, moral virtue and happiness; the immortality of the soul and reincarnation; the existence and nature of Plato's "forms" - abstractions such as beauty itself, alleged to be the source of all beautiful things here. Finally we will look at some of the developments of Plato's philosophy in neoplatonism. For more information: www.arts.monash.edu.au/phil/undergraduate/lateryear.html

Assessment: Essay (2500 words) and 2 hour examination.

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week

Prerequisites: At least six points of first year philosophy except with permission

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