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Ancient Philosophy - PHI00010C

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Stephen Everson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module summary

A principal goal of the module will be to develop the skills involved in the close and critical reading of philosophical texts by examining some of Plato's dialogues.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Term 2021-22
B Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

To provide an introduction to Ancient Philosophy by focussing on some passages from Plato’s dialogues.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module student will:

  • be able to critically engage with, evaluate and criticise some passages from Plato's dialogues.
  • develop reasoned views as to what Plato's arguments are and to engage critically with the arguments they find.
  • develop skills in reading, interpreting, and responding to primary texts in philosophy
  • develop a grasp of some key issues in philosophy
  • develop the ability to engage in philosophical discussion with others


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be available within 4 weeks of the submission of the summative essay.

Indicative reading

Plato, EuthyphroLachesRepublic I

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