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Lehrveranstaltungen Sommersemester 2022


Plato’s Exhortation to Philosophy: the "Euthydemus"

Mo. 14:00 bis 16:00 c.t. woch 25.04.2022 bis 25.07.2022 Geschw.-Scholl-Pl. 1 (E) - E 210

In this course we will examine the way in which Plato argues for the value of philosophy and attempts to distinguish it from rival intellectual pursuits such as sophistry and rhetoric. Alongside our main text, the _Euthydemus, _and parts of related Platonic dialogues, we will also look at selections from some of the contemporary rivals whom Plato may be targeting in the _Euthydemus_ (e.g., Antisthenes and Isocrates). Our guiding aim will be to better understand the educational debates in the context of which Plato developed his distinctive views about the nature and value of philosophy and philosophical education. Along the way we will also consider a number of central questions raised by the _Euthydemus_, such as: How does Plato
understand the relationship between wisdom and happiness? To what extent is Plato aware of, and able to diagnose fallacious reasoning?

term paper OR (presentation(s)+essay/record), according to the lecturer's specification [9 ECTS-points]

LSF-registration via the menu item "Vorlesungsverzeichnis" (=> click through after LSF login to the individual view of this course) sometime between 04 April 2022 and 19 April 2022


Seminar und Lektürekurs

Plato's Republic

Mo. 10:00 bis 12:00 c.t. woch 25.04.2022 bis 25.07.2022 Geschw.-Scholl-Pl. 1 (M) - M 001
The seminar starts in the second lecture week (02.05.2022)!

Essaybesprechungen nach Vereinbarung

Would it be better to live an unjust life while appearing to be a good person, or to live a just life while appearing to be a bad person? Would you be happier if you could do whatever you wanted to, and you could always get away with it? And if so, does that mean that tyrants and dictators are happier than most of us? Are societies that give their citizens maximal freedom of speech and expression more just than societies that limit such freedoms? And what does it mean for a person or society to be just? In this seminar, we will explore these questions and more like them through a close reading of the whole of Plato's masterwork on justice and happiness, the Republic.

In the modules assigned below (Bachelor major and minor in Philosophy): a) term paper (approx. 10-12 pages) OR b) graded presentation (15 minutes) + essay/record (approx. 6 pages), according to the lecturer's specification

Must be registered and prioritised at some point between 04.04.2022 and 19.04.2022 using the LSF system (via the menu item "Lehrveranstaltungen belegen/abmelden"). -- Enrolled Erasmus/Exchange students (philosophy) can register for this course (6 ECTS) directly via: J.Carter@lrz.uni-muenchen.de Please mention your LMU matriculation number.