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Hours to complete

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

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....
Reading
7 videos (Total 75 min), 9 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Lesson 1 Part 2: What's it all about?15m
Lesson 1 Part 3: Plato, Socrates, Dialogues, Masks 8m
Lesson 1 Part 4: Symposium, Socrates, Satyr 12m
Lesson 1 Part 5: Contradiction5m
Lesson 1 Part 6: Let's Have An Argument 9m
Lesson 1 Part 7: What's Socrates LIke? 14m
Reading9 readings
Lesson 1 - Readings, and Let's Meet Our Players!10m
About The Quizzes (for Lesson 1 and the rest of the Plato weeks)10m
1.1 Euthyphro and the Bad Dad10m
1.2 What's It All About?10m
1.3 Plato, Socrates, Dialogues, Masks10m
1.4 Symposium, Socrates, Satyr10m
1.5 Contradiction10m
1.6 Let's Have An Argument!10m
1.7 What's Socrates Like?10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Euthyphro Quiz 112m
Euthyphro Quiz 212m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

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....
Reading
8 videos (Total 105 min), 9 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Lesson 2 Part 2: Mystery Machines8m
Lesson 2 Part 3: Meeting Euthyphro11m
Lesson 2 Part 4: Thinking Straight, Thinking in Circles15m
Lesson 2 Part 5: Mantis & Mess12m
Lesson 2 Part 6: What Is Holiness?14m
Lesson 2 Part 7: What Is Holiness? Continued?16m
Lesson 2 Part 8: Divine Service Industry11m
Reading9 readings
Lesson 2 Readings - and More Thoughts About Personalities10m
2.1 Agony Aunts10m
2.2 Mystery Machines10m
2.3 Meeting Euthyphro10m
2.4 Thinking Straight, Thinking In Circles10m
2.5 Mantis and Mess10m
2.6 What Is Holiness?10m
2.7 What is Holiness, Continued10m
2.8 Divine Service Industry10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Euthyphro Quiz 312m
Euthyphro Quiz 412m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

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?...
Reading
7 videos (Total 81 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Lesson 3 Part 2: What's Wrong With Euthyphro?22m
Lesson 3 Part 3: Virtue, Geometry, Virtue (Persephone, Pain & Gain) 8m
Lesson 3 Part 4: Does Anyone Know What Virtue Is?9m
Lesson 3 Part 5: What Is Virtue? 13m
Lesson 3 Part 6: The Socratic Fallacy?7m
Lesson 3 Part 7: Science? & Does Anyone Want What Is Bad?5m
Reading8 readings
Lesson 3 Readings; and Let's Meet Our Players!10m
3.1 Self-Help10m
3.2 What's Wrong with Euthyphro?10m
3.3 Virtue, Geometry, Virtue (Persephone, Pain & Gain)10m
3.4 Does Anyone Know What Virtue Is?10m
3.5 What Is Virtue?10m
3.6 The Socratic Fallacy?10m
3.7 Science? & Does Anyone Want What Is Bad?10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Meno Quiz 112m
Meno Quiz 212m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

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? ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 91 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Lesson 4 Part 2: Ethics, Math, Certainty & Surprise 19m
Lesson 4 Part 3: How Useful Is The Socratic Method?16m
Lesson 4 Part 4: The Geometry Lesson12m
Lesson 4 Part 5: How To Teach Math15m
Lesson 4 Part 6: Virtue As Mindfulness?11m
Lesson 4 Part 7: Formulas For Success?7m
Reading8 readings
Lesson 4 Readings, and Further Thoughts On Personalities10m
4.1 Is Ethics Like Math?10m
4.2 Ethics, Math, Certainty and Surprise10m
4.3 How Useful Is The Socratic Method?10m
4.4 The Geometry Lesson10m
4.5 How To Teach Math10m
4.6 Virtue As Mindfulness?10m
4.7 Formulas For Success?10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Meno Quiz 312m
Meno Quiz 412m

Instructor

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John Holbo, Associate Professor

DEPARTMENT of PHILOSOPHY

About National University of Singapore

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