Plato, Phaedo

Course Information
TitleΠΛΑΤΩΝΟΣ "ΦΑΙΔΩΝ" / Plato, Phaedo
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280009563

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 1
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreMandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
- Will have become familiar with the text and more broadly with Plato's thought - Will have acquired the ability of a 'close' reading of a philosophical text and of a productive hermeneutic encounter with it
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This dialog from Plato’s middle period of is one of the most important (and also most popular) Platonic texts. In highest dramaturgical force, Plato lets here Socrates spend his last hours before drinking the hemlock with a discussion on the soul and its immortality; in this context, Socrates will expound the main lines of the Platonic theory of Forms, presented here as a "hypothesis". Phaedo has been rightly called "the Magna Carta of Western metaphysics". Through a close reading, we will try to understand the reasons for this immense importance and impact. In particular, we will try to elucidate the relationship between the two main themes of the dialogue (the Forms and the immortality of the soul).
Plato, Phaedo, Theory of Forms
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Student Assessment
The assessment in the final exam will evaluate the ability for an interpretative approach to the text dealt with during the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Πλάτων, Φαίδων-Πρωταγόρας (μτφρ. Ε. Παπανούτσος). Αθήνα: Δαίδαλος.
Additional bibliography for study
Szlezák, Th.A.: Πώς να διαβάζουμε τον Πλάτωνα. Θεσσαλονίκη: Θύραθεν 2004. Bormann, K.: Πλάτων. Αθήνα: Καρδαμίτσα 2006.
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