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In this course we study the ancient, Socratic art of blowing up your beliefs as you go, to make sure they're built to last. We spend six weeks studying three Platonic dialogues - "Euthyphro", "Meno", "Republic" Book I - then two weeks pondering a pair of footnotes to Plato: contemporary moral theory and moral psychology. Platonic? Socratic? Socrates was the teacher, but he said he never did. Plato was the student who put words in his teacher's mouth. You'll get a feel for it. We have a book: the new 4th edition of "Reason and Persuasion", by the instructor (and his wife, Belle Waring, the translator.) It contains the Plato you need, plus introductory material and in-depth, chapter-length commentaries. (Don't worry! John Holbo knows better than to read his book to the camera. The videos cover the same material, but the presentation is different.) The book is offered free in PDF form - the whole thing, and individual chapter slices. It is also available in print and other e-editions. See the course content for links and information. The course is suitable for beginning students of Plato and philosophy, but is intended to offer something to more advanced students as well. We seek new, odd angles on old, basic angles. Tricky! The strategy is to make a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary approach. Lots of contemporary connections, to make the weird bits intuitive; plus plenty of ancient color, still bright after all these years. So: arguments and ideas, new possibilities, old stories, fun facts. Plus cartoons. The results can get elaborate (some book chapters and some lesson videos run long.) But each video comes with a brief summary of its contents. The lessons progress. I put them in this order for reasons. But there's no reason you can't skip over and around to find whatever seems most interesting. There are any number of self-contained mini-courses contained in this 8-week course. You are welcome to them. Plato has meant different things to different people. He's got his own ideas, no doubt. (Also, his own Ideas.) But these have, over the centuries, been worn into crossing paths for other feet; been built up into new platforms for projecting other voices. (Plato did it to Socrates, so fair is fair.) So your learning outcome should be: arrival somewhere interesting, in your head, where you haven't been before. I wouldn't presume to dictate more exactly....
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Plato's Euthyphro I: Bad Dads, Good Arguments

We start with Plato's "Euthyphro", a short dialogue in which Socrates debates the nature of holiness with a priest, Euthyphro. (The Bad Dad is Euthyphro's. Maybe. If he's a murderer. Do you think he's a murderer?) But mostly the videos for this first week and general and introductory. Plato, Socrates. Who are they? How should I read? For more detail, click "Advice About Reading", under "Overview", below....
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7 видео (всего 75 мин.), 9 материалов для самостоятельного изучения, 2 тестов
Video7 видео
Lesson 1 Part 2: What's it all about?15мин
Lesson 1 Part 3: Plato, Socrates, Dialogues, Masks 8мин
Lesson 1 Part 4: Symposium, Socrates, Satyr 12мин
Lesson 1 Part 5: Contradiction5мин
Lesson 1 Part 6: Let's Have An Argument 9мин
Lesson 1 Part 7: What's Socrates LIke? 14мин
Reading9 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Lesson 1 - Readings, and Let's Meet Our Players!10мин
About The Quizzes (for Lesson 1 and the rest of the Plato weeks)10мин
1.1 Euthyphro and the Bad Dad10мин
1.2 What's It All About?10мин
1.3 Plato, Socrates, Dialogues, Masks10мин
1.4 Symposium, Socrates, Satyr10мин
1.5 Contradiction10мин
1.6 Let's Have An Argument!10мин
1.7 What's Socrates Like?10мин
Quiz2 практического упражнения
Euthyphro Quiz 112мин
Euthyphro Quiz 212мин

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Plato's Euthyphro II: Two Problems

This is our second week reading "Euthyphro". (But we hardly got into it last week!) The two problems are: 1) Should Euthyphro do? 2) What is holiness? Mostly the dialogue concerns 2) but 1) is there for a reason. Suppose a friend asks you for advice: 'I think dad murdered someone. What should I do?' Probably you wouldn't pull down the dictionary and look up 'holiness', right? But why not? Food for thought. This lesson also contains quite a bit of background about ancient Greek religion and law....
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8 видео (всего 105 мин.), 9 материалов для самостоятельного изучения, 2 тестов
Video8 видео
Lesson 2 Part 2: Mystery Machines8мин
Lesson 2 Part 3: Meeting Euthyphro11мин
Lesson 2 Part 4: Thinking Straight, Thinking in Circles15мин
Lesson 2 Part 5: Mantis & Mess12мин
Lesson 2 Part 6: What Is Holiness?14мин
Lesson 2 Part 7: What Is Holiness? Continued?16мин
Lesson 2 Part 8: Divine Service Industry11мин
Reading9 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Lesson 2 Readings - and More Thoughts About Personalities10мин
2.1 Agony Aunts10мин
2.2 Mystery Machines10мин
2.3 Meeting Euthyphro10мин
2.4 Thinking Straight, Thinking In Circles10мин
2.5 Mantis and Mess10мин
2.6 What Is Holiness?10мин
2.7 What is Holiness, Continued10мин
2.8 Divine Service Industry10мин
Quiz2 практического упражнения
Euthyphro Quiz 312мин
Euthyphro Quiz 412мин

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Plato’s Meno: What is Virtue?

We're moving on to our next dialogue, Plato's "Meno". Meno is a slick fellow: sophist-in-training. He wants to know whether Socrates thinks virtue can be taught. Socrates doesn't even know what it is! Meno doesn't see the problem. He can talk about this stuff! But his tongue gets stung numb by the Socratic stingray. Overall, the dialogue has a peculiar virtue-geometry-virtue structure. And we meet two more characters: the boy, who learns geometry; the sturdy citizen, Anytus, who doesn't trust sophists. In this first "Meno" lesson, we don’t get past the poetry that introduces the geometry. (What's with that?) We consider difficulties defining ‘virtue’, and whether definitions are a good thing to ask for. We consider some oddities about virtue. Why does everything think they know what it is? And: is there any science around here?...
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7 видео (всего 81 мин.), 8 материалов для самостоятельного изучения, 2 тестов
Video7 видео
Lesson 3 Part 2: What's Wrong With Euthyphro?22мин
Lesson 3 Part 3: Virtue, Geometry, Virtue (Persephone, Pain & Gain) 8мин
Lesson 3 Part 4: Does Anyone Know What Virtue Is?9мин
Lesson 3 Part 5: What Is Virtue? 13мин
Lesson 3 Part 6: The Socratic Fallacy?7мин
Lesson 3 Part 7: Science? & Does Anyone Want What Is Bad?5мин
Reading8 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Lesson 3 Readings; and Let's Meet Our Players!10мин
3.1 Self-Help10мин
3.2 What's Wrong with Euthyphro?10мин
3.3 Virtue, Geometry, Virtue (Persephone, Pain & Gain)10мин
3.4 Does Anyone Know What Virtue Is?10мин
3.5 What Is Virtue?10мин
3.6 The Socratic Fallacy?10мин
3.7 Science? & Does Anyone Want What Is Bad?10мин
Quiz2 практического упражнения
Meno Quiz 112мин
Meno Quiz 212мин

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Plato's Meno: Virtue - Geometry - Virtue.

We are still working on Plato’s “Meno”. This week we get to the geometry lesson and Socrates’ tentative definition/formula for success: virtue is mindfulness. That means: when you do things, you do them for the right reasons, and with knowledge of those reasons. That sounds good, but it’s kind of a high bar for humans to clear. Could it turns out that there is such a thing as virtue, only none of us have it? ...
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7 видео (всего 91 мин.), 8 материалов для самостоятельного изучения, 2 тестов
Video7 видео
Lesson 4 Part 2: Ethics, Math, Certainty & Surprise 19мин
Lesson 4 Part 3: How Useful Is The Socratic Method?16мин
Lesson 4 Part 4: The Geometry Lesson12мин
Lesson 4 Part 5: How To Teach Math15мин
Lesson 4 Part 6: Virtue As Mindfulness?11мин
Lesson 4 Part 7: Formulas For Success?7мин
Reading8 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Lesson 4 Readings, and Further Thoughts On Personalities10мин
4.1 Is Ethics Like Math?10мин
4.2 Ethics, Math, Certainty and Surprise10мин
4.3 How Useful Is The Socratic Method?10мин
4.4 The Geometry Lesson10мин
4.5 How To Teach Math10мин
4.6 Virtue As Mindfulness?10мин
4.7 Formulas For Success?10мин
Quiz2 практического упражнения
Meno Quiz 312мин
Meno Quiz 412мин

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John Holbo, Associate Professor

DEPARTMENT of PHILOSOPHY

О National University of Singapore

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