GREK401C

GREK 401C/501C: “Plato and the Search for Happiness”

In this course, we’ll read two of Plato’s most influential dialogues in Greek:
1. The Apology, a version of Socrates’ defence speech at his trial in 399 BCE, including his account of his own life and philosophy. We’ll compare excerpts from Xenophon’s portrayal of Socrates, and from the orator Isocrates.
2. The Phaedrus, an essential source for Plato’s theory of literature, cosmology, philosophy of love, and ethics.
Both dialogues present images of the human good life, and the role of philosophy in cultivating happiness and well-being.