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as of 7/2/2022

MORAL PHILOSOPHY: PLATO’S PROTAGORA
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Italy - University of Bologna - 'Univ. of Bologna'
UC Course SubjectPhilosophy
Number & Suffix: 183
Full UC Title: MORAL PHILOSOPHY: PLATO’S PROTAGORA 
Transcript Title: ADV MORAL PHIL 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This is a graduate level course that is part of the Laurea Magistrale program. The course is intended for advanced level students only. Enrollment is by consent of the instructor. Maximum units for the course is 6. This course addresses topics and texts in moral philosophy at an advanced level. At the end of the course students are expected to possess the main abilities required from a professional moral philosopher. These include being able to: appraise theories and justify one's own position about them; critically analyze philosophical texts, both from classical and recent authors; elaborate on them; in an original manner, provide fresh points of view and good working hypotheses to address them. Students are expected to be able to analyze knowledge received in the ethical and meta-ethical field, and to reconstruct it on an original basis. Moreover, they are expected to be able to write on moral topics in a professional, opinionated, and thorough way, and to effectively communicate their views to an audience. The topic for this course is: Themes From PLATO’S PROTAGORAS: Anthropology, Education, Hedonism, And Moral Intellectualism. The course explores the philosophical and anthropological significance of some main issues raised by Plato in his dialogue PROTAGORAS, a text in which he speaks not only for himself but for Socrates as well, and supposedly for Socrates' adversary, the Sophist Protagoras. Besides its historical interest and its powerful dramatic construction, this dialogue does much more: it opens a whole line of thought in philosophical anthropology (the human as an "unfinished" being), and takes up themes that are still with us in ethical, political, and educational debate (the possibility of ethical-political education; the nature of citizenship; pleasure as the supreme human end; the structure of virtue; what is courage; moral intellectualism, i.e. whether evil is done voluntarily or not, etc.). After a first part dedicated to the historical setting and to introducing the main traits of the protagonists' (Socrates' and Protagoras') thought and impact, the course tackles the text and comment extensively on it. Along the way, the main philosophical aspects as indicated above are covered and discussed in some detail, aiming both at explaining the text and at highlighting its relevance to modern philosophy. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: MORAL PHILOSOPHY (1) (LM) 
Partner University Department: Scienze Filosofiche 
Partner University Course Number: 78000