This seminar is a close examination of Plato’s later dialogues, such as Parmenides, Sophist, and Philebus and G.W.F. Hegel’s interpretation of Plato in his Lectures on the History of Philosophy, The Science of Logic, and other texts. The seminar begins with a general consideration of dialectical thinking and the response of speculative philosophy to its specific puzzles and methodological regimes. The seminar will then concentrate on some keys texts in both Plato and Hegel. Students will inquire into the conceptual and logical details of the dialectics of oppositional forms in Plato and Hegel’s particular take on Platonic metaphysics. The latter part of the seminar will investigate these themes from the standpoint of a fourfold theory of metaphysics. The primary teaching approach for this course is lecture based. Students will be expected to do class presentations and submit a final paper at the end of the semester. At the end of the course, students should be able to identify a cluster of problems and solutions with respect to dialectics, speculative philosophy, and the fourfold as an enduring response to the aporetics of our intellectual tradition. Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to engage with Plato and Hegel, and these related themes in philosophy, by means of seminar presentations, dialogue, and the submission of written work.
Note: This course is bilingual, however, the language of instruction will be English.
Wednesday, 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm