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PHL2130 - Plato and platonism

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Dirk Baltzly


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


In the first part of this century the British philosopher A. N. Whitehead remarked that 'all philosophy is but a series of footnotes to Plato.' This unit introduces students to some of the central themes in Plato's work. These will include: the relation between knowledge, moral virtue and happiness; the immortality of the soul and reincarnation; the existence and nature of Plato's "forms" - abstractions such as beauty itself, alleged to be the source of all beautiful things here. Finally we will look at some of the developments of Plato's philosophy in neoplatonism. For more information:


Written work: 60% (2500 words)
Exam: 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


At least six points of first year philosophy except with permission.

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

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