PLATO AND NIETZSCHE: JUSTICE AND REBELLION

PHI3PNJ

2021

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 revaluation of all values in Thus Spoke Zarathustra .

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesIdentify 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.  ose 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.  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.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

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PrerequisitesN/A

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Incompatible subjectsPHI3PAM OR PHI2PAM

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Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Parts 1 & 2 )

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AuthorNietzsche

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Edition/VolumeAny edition

PublisherPenguin

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The Republic

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AuthorPlato

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PublisherPenguin

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Class requirements

Directed ReadingWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h directed reading per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Task 1 Blog posts and replies to other students or on-line journal (1600 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Task 2: Staged research essay stage one: annotated bibliography and proposal (800 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Task 2 Staged research essay stage two: Essay (1600)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3