The Republic is the most complete attempt by Plato to articulate and answer the question, "What is the best way of life for a human being?" It is characteristic of Plato that, in the Republic, questions about human happiness ultimately cannot be separated from questions of education, of the nature of the city, of the various forms of government, of the structure of the human soul, and of the character of the gods and being itself. What begins as a dispute about which is more desirable—to be a just man or to be a tyrant—ranges over the whole landscape of philosophical topics and themes often treated in isolation from one another. Moreover, Plato guides us through this landscape not with a treatise written in his own voice but with a dialogue narrated and led by Socrates, a work that is as much a literary masterpiece as it is a masterpiece of argumentation. In this course, we will strive to read the Republic as a dialogue full of dramatic action and memorable imagery as well as philosophic inquiry, written as a nuanced response to Greek poetry and history and enduring as the wellspring of the Western philosophic tradition.

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Course begins on Monday, June 5th, 2023, at 5pm Pacific (8pm Eastern), and goes for EIGHT consecutive Mondays.

Plato's Republic. Suggested edition: The Republic of Plato (Third Edition), translated by Allan Bloom. New York: Basic Books, 2016.

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Pavlos Papadopoulos

Pavlos Papadopoulos is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Wyoming Catholic College. He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis, where he was first introduced to liberal education through the great books, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas, where his dissertation was on Plato’s conception and practice of philosophic authorship. At Wyoming Catholic, his teaching focuses on courses in the great works of literature, history, rhetoric, and political philosophy.

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