Tag: Republic

Teaching Plato: Still the Best Gig I've Had

As with most things I’ve taught, I had no business teaching Greek philosophy when first I gave it a run.  Sure, I had been a double-major in English and humanities as an undergrad, and the humanities major consisted mainly in philosophy and theology classes.  But as I wrap up my sixth attempt to teach Plato’s Republic,…

What my Freshman Comp Students Teach me about Political Philosophy

Every fall, I teach the Honors Freshman Composition class at Emmanuel College, an opportunity that I do not take lightly.  In the course of those fifteen weeks we learn together from Plato, specifically from Republic, how to use the powerful tools of philosophical dialectic revise ideas, to negate what cannot be true in the hopes…

On Teaching Plato One Mo' Time

In the spring semester of 2006, I overheard a conversation going on in the hallway between two of my graduate student colleagues at the University of Georgia. The funny thing is I do not remember the content of the conversation so much as I retain an impression that they were discussing some traditionalist’s most recent…