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Major Texts in Philosophy (PHIL*4400)

Term: Winter 2013


A seminar course devoted to three of Plato’s most important dialogues on ethics: the
Protagoras, Meno, and Philebus. The Protagoras and Meno both explore the nature of
virtue, but in different and complementary ways. The Protagoras investigates, for
example, whether virtue as a whole is something simple or complex, while the Meno
investigates the relation between virtue and knowledge. The Philebus, one of Plato’s last
dialogues, is concerned with the respective contributions of hedonism and rationality to


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