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In this course we study the ancient, Socratic art of blowing up your beliefs as you go, to make sure they're built to last. We spend six weeks studying three Platonic dialogues - "Euthyphro", "Meno", "Republic" Book I - then two weeks pondering a pair of footnotes to Plato: contemporary moral theory and moral psychology. Platonic? Socratic? Socrates was the teacher, but he said he never did. Plato was the student who put words in his teacher's mouth. You'll get a feel for it. We have a book: the new 4th edition of "Reason and Persuasion", by the instructor (and his wife, Belle Waring, the translator.) It contains the Plato you need, plus introductory material and in-depth, chapter-length commentaries. (Don't worry! John Holbo knows better than to read his book to the camera. The videos cover the same material, but the presentation is different.) The book is offered free in PDF form - the whole thing, and individual chapter slices. It is also available in print and other e-editions. See the course content for links and information. The course is suitable for beginning students of Plato and philosophy, but is intended to offer something to more advanced students as well. We seek new, odd angles on old, basic angles. Tricky! The strategy is to make a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary approach. Lots of contemporary connections, to make the weird bits intuitive; plus plenty of ancient color, still bright after all these years. So: arguments and ideas, new possibilities, old stories, fun facts. Plus cartoons. The results can get elaborate (some book chapters and some lesson videos run long.) But each video comes with a brief summary of its contents. The lessons progress. I put them in this order for reasons. But there's no reason you can't skip over and around to find whatever seems most interesting. There are any number of self-contained mini-courses contained in this 8-week course. You are welcome to them. Plato has meant different things to different people. He's got his own ideas, no doubt. (Also, his own Ideas.) But these have, over the centuries, been worn into crossing paths for other feet; been built up into new platforms for projecting other voices. (Plato did it to Socrates, so fair is fair.) So your learning outcome should be: arrival somewhere interesting, in your head, where you haven't been before. I wouldn't presume to dictate more exactly....

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Feb 03, 2017

Very interesting. The questions were rather challenging. The book clarifies a lot, and porf. Holbroke has a nice way of teaching. The videos were rather enticing and very informative.


Oct 28, 2016

I wish the course was longer! The Professor did a fantastic job of making the content fascinating and engaging. Please please please make another MOOC!

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por Chanya

Oct 10, 2019

This course is very good . Recoomended to take this and it help you to be good in your thouhgt

por Matthew K

May 14, 2017

Excellent course, entertaining and informative teacher, no previous Plato experience required!

por Adam M

Aug 31, 2016

Professor Holbo is simply a fantastic lecturer. I hope he produces more courses for Coursera.

por yana

Dec 05, 2016

Engaging and interesting course from the coolest professor you'll ever have.

por Daniel S

Jan 31, 2018

Outstanding professor, brings Philosophy to life ... really enjoyed it

por Mark A S

Jun 02, 2020

One of the best courses I've ever taken, period.

Mark Stephens


por MARK P

Jan 31, 2020

Much to interest and well explained in an entertaining mannner.

por Tarek H

May 17, 2016

Exceptionally interesting. Love professor Holbo! Thank you.

por Yael H

Jun 14, 2017

Wonderful, funny, thought provoking, rich, and very clear

por Joerg P

Mar 13, 2019

Cool lecture, I thorough enjoyed it and recommend it

por Nhat L

Sep 26, 2017

Highly recommend to study. Very informative course

por nasser e

May 22, 2017

Very good course and an exceptional instructor

por Nicholas H

Nov 30, 2018

thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening

por Clive D

Aug 16, 2017

Very good and interesting course.

por Subrahmanyan M

Feb 24, 2018

Well designed

simplified course

por Michael E

Jun 11, 2016

Lecturer is actually socrates

por rosario r c

Nov 18, 2019

Very interesting. Thank you.

por Tim B

Apr 01, 2020

learned a lot abouit Plato

por Lucy

Feb 13, 2016

Extremely funny and witty.

por kobie l

May 07, 2017

Teaches how to think

por Roberto R

Aug 16, 2017

wonderfuff, thanks

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por Wes D S

Mar 13, 2017

Lot to learn about Plato, same with the other course I'm taking On Plato which was great. I wish the instructor, no offense, taught more and told jokes less. I get what he was trying to do I think, but it made it seem like the vids were for starters and then you had hard tests that he didn't prepare you for in the videos. Much easier that I had already read much of Plato and then could read the excerpts for the test or I would have had a real difficult time getting through this course. It was difficult because you had to do a lot of the reading and sometimes it wasn't clear what answers where expected from the reading, perhaps my reading comprehension isn't as good as it should be. It was still a good challenging course though. I could respectfully disagree with how the material was presented though. Hopefully I can find time to join forums and get more out of it as I've finished the class before the class has officially started.

por Charles A M

Nov 22, 2016

I was blown away by Professor Holbo's content, use of the Coursera tools, and the fusion of Plato' s and more modern thinkers' philosophies. For the course itself, I would give more than five stars if it could. I gave 4 stars because it was very difficult to engage in a substantial discussion concerning the concepts.

I hope to have the opportunity to take other courses created by Professor Holbo in the future.