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HNR Hum, Public Presentation
Class #: 19874 Section: M008 # Credits: 3
In her recent book, Plato at the Googleplex, the philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein introduces us to Plato’s philosophy by imagining that he is our contemporary: What would Plato make of the access to information and exchange of opinion the internet makes possible—does it improve our understanding of the world or impede it? Would he think that ethical questions could be settled by “crowd-sourcing”? What would he say about the way politics is presented on cable networks such as Fox? Would he think that neuroscience might finally help us solve perennial philosophical questions such as the relation between mind and body (brain), the nature of love, or the nature of the soul and immortality? This course offers an introduction to Plato’s philosophy (and philosophy more generally) through a reading of several of his dialogues, including the Republic, and will pursue some of the questions raised in Goldstein’s entertaining and philosophically engaging book.
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