Plato at the Googleplex

HNR 240 - Plato at the Googleplex

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2016
Class #: 48222
Section: M001
Credits: 3

Prof. Kenneth Baynes

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
T TH 12:30 - 1:50 pm


Course Description:

In her new 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 that the internet makes possible?  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) 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.