This Philosophy course will be taught by Colin Redemer, and will run from September 26th through December 10th. The syllabus is available here.
The cornerstone of any philosophical education, Plato, is often summarized rather than read. This course will be a graduate level seminar on the philosophy of Plato. Our method will be to read and discuss the dialogues written by Plato that give us a virtual conversation with the first philosopher, Socrates. Seeing how Socrates inquires and asks questions, and following how Plato’s art and characters dramatize that inquiry will hopefully get us to fall in love with the wisdom that the philosopher is seeking but never has. We will also gesture at later authors who engage with Plato and the legacy of his ideas.
In this third Plato Seminar we will engage first-hand with several of Plato’s works which form the backbone of the Western Church’s reception of Plato, most centrally the Timaeus. We will also read the Gorgias, as well as some shorter dialogues. Students will grasp the essence of Plato’s own thought, the nature of philosophy, and its bearing upon the political and Church community. This is part of a three part Plato cycle, but students need not have taken previous Plato classes to attend.
Colin Redemer is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College of California and Vice-President of the Davenant Institute. He loves teaching on the intersection between History, Philosophy, Literature, and Christianity. His writing has appeared in the Englewood Review of Books, Evansville Review, Sojourners Magazine, The Federalist, and the Tampa Review.
Online only, runs 10 weeks, meeting 2 hr./wk. via Zoom. Students will also have the option to participate in class discussion on the Davenant Common Room Discord server. Register to reserve your spot and schedule will be set after a poll of participating students; if the class time does not fit your schedule, you will be eligible for a full refund.
This is a graduate-level course. Although a BA is not a necessary pre-requisite for this course, students should come prepared to do graduate-level work.