Images of Socrates
General Catalog Course Title:
Freshman Seminars
Terms Offered:
Spring 2014

Who was Socrates? What did he stand for? What did he contribute to philosophy and education? Why was he condemned to death? Socrates wrote nothing, so we can only get at him through the way he is described and pictured by others. Are the images we have of him consistent? In this seminar we will study a range of texts and portraits of Socrates--Aristophanes, Plato, Epictetus, Kirkegaard, the painter David, and others--in a quest for understanding what Socrates himself was like, as a personality, a thinker, and a world historical figure. Course requirements will include a two-page class presentation on one of the readings or portraits. 

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