Plato & the Sophists

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Plato & the Sophists

Fall 2022

Taught By: Cinzia Arruzza

Section: A

CRN: 13989

Credits: 4

This seminar will focus on Plato’s philosophical and political battle against the Sophists and their influence on Athenian politics and education. In the first part of the course we will read fragments and extant works by Antiphon, Critias, Gorgias, Prodicus, and Protagoras, and discuss the Sophists’ contribution to the secularization of Athenian politics and the debate concerning the relation between discourse and truth, rhetoric and virtue, nature and convention. In the second part of the course we will examine Plato’s critiques to the Sophists in the dialogues Protagoras and Gorgias.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:24am EST 11/26/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1101

Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022