CLASS 1564

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017.

Plato's Protagoras presents a debate about the method/s by which one can become a successful person and a good citizen through an often funny duel between Socrates and Protagoras. Protagoras and his fellow intellectuals claim to have a set of technical skills (ranging from math to public speaking) that empower students. Socrates finds their claims underwhelming and inadequate as the basis of real happiness. To even the odds, we will also read a number of short contemporary works that support Protagoras' side. The course will follow Plato's intense focus on methods of debate and analysis. We will learn how to interpret informal arguments and how to reconstruct theories sketched in the text and to set them out with clarity and concision.

When Offered Spring.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded