This week I would like you to discuss Plato’sApologyandPhaedo. We are shifting to a week on philosophy. Philosophy is the love of wisdom and focuses on reasoning and argumentation. You should explain passages that you found important and those that you did not understand. Work together to try to understand the texts and what Plato/Socrates is arguing for in the texts. As you read through the week, bring up new texts that you found meaningful and interact in a conversation-like style with your classmates in relation to the text that they mention. Some guiding questions (do not answer all of these) are:
Was Socrates guilty? Why or why not?
How does Socrates view his purpose in life and in education?
How does Plato argue for the existence of the soul? What does Plato say about death and the afterlife?
Explain why you agree or disagree with Plato’s arguments.
Plato. (n.d.). Selections from The Phaedo(Links to an external site.) (H. Tredennick, Trans.). Retrieved from http://www2.hawaii.edu/~freeman/courses/phil100/06. Phaedo.pdf
Plato. (n.d.). Apology(Links to an external site.) (B. Jowett, Trans.). Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20171219202911/http://socrates.clarke.edu/aplg0100.htm
Horowitz, Damon. (2011). Philosophy in prison(Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/damon_horowitz_philosophy_in_prison
Puschak. E. [Nerdwriter1]. (2015). Understanding art: The death of Socrates(Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKhfFBbVtFg
Žižek, Slavoj. (n.d.) The purpose of philosophy is to ask the right questions(Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from http://bigthink.com/videos/the-purpose-of-philosophy-is-to-ask-the-right-questions
Taylor, A. [Director] (2008) Examined life – Cornel West(Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfD3X3f5C_w
These are all the scenes with Cornel West from Examined Life, a full-length documentary featuring interviews with contemporary philosophers. In part, West discusses Plato’s Apology and Phaedo from this week’s Required Reading.