PLATO NIETZSCHE AND THE MEANING OF BEING
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Credit points: 15
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, which he considered to be an expression of nihilism, as well as his ideal of the life affirming reevaluation of all values.
FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Prerequisites Available to students from any Faculty who have completed at least one 15cp subject from Philosophy, or two 15cp subjects from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. All other students require coordinator's approval.
Incompatible subjects PHI2PAM
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