Plato & the Sophists

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Plato & the Sophists

Fall 2018

Taught By: Cinzia Arruzza

Section: A

CRN: 7089

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)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 3:51pm 1/17/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 11:55am - 1:35pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 260

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/13/2018