Last summer we offered a course on Plato’s dialogue Euthyphro, which was well received and a lot of fun for us to teach. This summer we are offering another dialogue, the Crito. The Crito is the second part of Plato’s three-part depiction of the trial, condemnation, and death of his teacher Socrates. The dialogue is short, fewer than a dozen pages in most editions, but it raises questions that remain of philosophical interest. We will focus on topics that include the proper relation of the individual to the state and whether it is ever right to defeat evil by doing evil. The course will also introduce information about Greek history and religion. Familiarity with Greek is welcome but not required.
Course Website: Plato’s Crito
Starts: June 17, 2022
Ends: August 12, 2022
Thursday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET
Some familiarity with Greek history and philosophy general, and with Plato in particular, is always helpful, but is not required; this is as good a place to start as any and better than most.
If there is sufficient interest in going through the dialogue in Greek on the side, DrMcM will be happy to help with that.
Textbooks and Materials
This item is required:The Trial and Death of Socrates [Edition or Version: 3], Authors: Plato, G. M. A. Grube, John M. Cooper
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Other editions are also okay; if you used the West and West Four Texts on Socrates, Plato, and Aristophanes for Euthyphro last summer, that will suffice.