PLATO AND NIETZSCHE: JUSTICE AND REBELLION

PHI3PNJ

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

It has been said that all western philosophy is a footnote to Plato. In his masterpiece, The Republic, Plato addresses some of the most fundamental questions of human existence: what is it to be? What is the place of human beings in the world? What does it mean to know? What is the nature of reality? Surprisingly, Plato's strategy is to invite us to participate, along with his teacher Socrates, in a thought experiment aimed at designing a just society. In the process of asking what justice is we discover answers to the meaning and conditions of our being in the cosmos. In this subject we will first trace Plato's philosophical journey and then consider Nietzsche's radical challenge to the Platonic tradition through and exploration of his ideal of the life affirming reevaluation of all values in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites nil

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHI2PAM, PHI3PAM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe RepublicPrescribedPlatoPenguin
ReadingsThus Spoke Zarathustra (Parts 1 & 2 )PrescribedNietzschePenguin

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Interpret and critically compare Plato and Nietzsche's claims about justice, truth or living affirmatively.

Activities:
Identify and make a note of one idea or claim in the set texts that you believe reveals the authors' view on the question, use your notes to contriute to on-line forum discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Locate, review and evaluate an idea or line of argument from Plato or Nietzsche's intellectual and cultural contexts and demonstrate your understanding of its relevance today.

Activities:
Choose one of the discussion questions from LMS subject resources, think about the question, re-read the relevant set text, conduct a library/internet search and write your own response.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Outline and critically assess one of Plato or Nietzsche's claims about justice, truth, or ideal humanity.

Activities:
After reading the assigned passage, identify the main argument and set out its premises and conclusion in standard form. Then make a note of the weaknesses in the premises or their connections.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Task 1 Blog posts and replies to other students or on-line journal (1600 words)40 01, 02, 03
Task 2: Staged research essay stage one: annotated bibliography and proposal (800 words)20 01, 02, 03
Task 2 Staged research essay stage two: Essay (1600)40 01, 02, 03