PHI223  Topics in Ancient Philosophy

2017-18 Outline:

Socrates has come to represent the ideal of a life devoted to philosophy. He engaged in searching discussion with his contemporaries. He was prosecuted for impiety, condemned to death, and accepted his sentence willingly. The main (but not the only) source for our knowledge of Socrates is Plato. This module examines the picture of Socrates that Socrates presents in some of his earlier dialogues.

Students will read a range of Platonic dialogues (Laches, Euthyphro, Charmides, Apology, Crito and Gorgias. The module will also involve reading ancient texts by authors other than Plato: Encomium of Helen and On What Is Not by Gorgias of Leontini, and the anonymous Dissoi Logoi.


Two coursework essays (50%) and one exam (2 questions - 50%)


Stephen Makin

Where to find more materials for this module

All the materials for this module (the Course Information and Recommended Reading booklet; handouts, essay questions etc) are available from the PHI223 MOLE site.

Lectures - Spring 2018

Monday 1-2pm - Hicks Lecture Theatre 5
Monday 4-5pm - Stephenson Building Lecture Theatre 2

Seminars (from Week 3)

Tuesday 1-2pm - 38 Mappin Street 101
Tuesday 2-3pm - 38 Mappin Street 101