Plato’s Metaphysics

Term: Fall 2010

Subject Code: GPHI

Course Number: 6114

Did Plato really kill Parmenides? In this seminar we will examine Plato’s Metaphysics and its innovative feature with regard to the previous tradition, through a close reading of two dialogues: Parmenides and Sophist. We will focus on Plato’s criticism of his own theory of Forms, on his attempt to solve its contradictions and on his elaboration of the dialectical method. We will discuss questions like unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, truth and untruth, trying to understand both Plato’s method and the foundations of his metaphysical thought.

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