One Plato’s Five Dialogues

Essay One Plato’s Five Dialogues

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· Due Monday by 11:59pm

Write a 2-4 page essay (in Word or rich text format, double spaced, size 12 font) on one of the following topics. 1. In the Euthyphro does Socrates present his own account of piety or just destroy the accounts offered by Euthyphro? If so what is his account of piety?

2. What are the charges against Socrates as recorded in the Apology. Is he guilty of them? why or why not? 3.What is Socrates’ argument against Crito in the argument of the same name? Is it persuasive? why or why not? 4. What would it mean to persuade the laws as it is described in the Crito? Does Socrates’ account adequately allow for resisting evil legislation or is it essentially just a way to maintain the status quo? 5. Discuss the nature of virtue in the Meno and/ or Phaedo. If you choose the Meno things you should mention are some of Meno’s definitions of virtue and their objections and whether virtue is teachable or not. If you choose the Phaedo things you mention things you should mention are the difference between true and false virtue.

6. At the end of the Meno Socrates says that it will be a benefit to the Athenians if Meno can convince Anytus of the conclusions they’ve reached in the dialogue (cf. 100a-b); given your reading of the Apology and Anytus’s role there what lesson learned in the Meno could be of benefit to Anytus and Meletus?

7. Discuss Plato’s arguments for recollection in the Meno; what puzzle is recollection supposed to solve?

8.  At Phaedo 86a-d Simmias puts forward the view that the soul is a sort of harmony. Socrates provides at least two arguments against this view of the soul in the text that follows. Describe his arguments and explain why you think they are convincing or not.

9. Explain Socrates’ arguments against Cebes’s objection that the soul is long-lasting but not immortal (Phaedo (95c ff)); are they persuasive? why or why not?

10.Compare and contrast any two (or three) of the five dialogues we have studied one of the dialogues must be either the Meno or the Phaedo; make sure to refer to the text by title and line number and cite any secondary sources used.

Cite all sources with quotation marks for direct quotes and parenthetical references. Don’t place urls in the body of your paper; cite online sources by author’s name or article title. Place urls at the end of the paper in the work cited page. Every student is encouraged to submit drafts of papers to Upswing the online tutoring service for assistance with composition and proofreading. Write an essay 2-5 pages typed, double-spaced, citing primary texts in the following way (Euthyphro 10b) and academic secondary sources such as the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

 

Essay One Plato’s Five Dialogues

 

 

Start Assignment

 

·

 

Due

 

Monday

 

by

 

11:59pm

 

 

Write a 2

4 page essay

(in Word or rich text format, double spaced, size 12 font)

on

 

one

 

of the following topics.

 

 

1. In the

 

Euthyphro

 

does Socrates present his own account of piety or just destroy the

accounts of

fered by Euthyphro? If so what is his account of piety?

 

 

 

2. What are the charges against Socrates as recorded in the

 

Apology. Is he guilty of

them? why or why not?

 

 

3.What is Socrates’ argument against Crito in the argument of the same name? Is it

persuas

ive? why or why not?

 

 

4. What would it mean to persuade the laws as it is described in the

 

Crito? Does

Socrates’ account adequately allow for resisting evil legislation or is it essentially just a

way to maintain the status quo?

 

 

5. Discuss the nature of v

irtue in the

 

Meno

 

and/ or

 

Phaedo

. If you choose

the

 

Meno

 

things you should mention are some of Meno’s definitions of virtue and their

objections and whether virtue is teachable or not. If you choose the

 

Phaedo

 

things you

mention things you should mention are the difference between true and false virtue.

 

 

6. At t

he end of the

 

Meno

 

Socrates says that it will be a benefit to the Athenians if Meno

can convince Anytus of the conclusions they’ve reached in the dialogue (cf. 100a

b);

given your reading of the

 

Apology

 

and Anytus’s role there what lesson learned in

the

 

Me

no

 

could be of benefit to Anytus and Meletus?

 

 

7. Discuss Plato’s arguments for recollection in the

 

Meno

; what puzzle is recollection

supposed to solve?

 

 

8.

 

At

 

Phaedo

 

86a

d Simmias puts forward the view that the soul is a sort of harmony.

Socrates provide

s at least two arguments against this view of the soul in the text that

follows. Describe his arguments and explain why you think they are convincing or not.

 

 

9. Explain Socrates’ arguments against Cebes’s objection that the soul is long

lasting

but not im

mortal (

Phaedo

 

(95c ff)); are they persuasive? why or why not?

 

Essay One Plato’s Five Dialogues

Start Assignment

 Due Monday by 11:59pm

Write a 2-4 page essay (in Word or rich text format, double spaced, size 12 font)

on one of the following topics.

 

1. In the Euthyphro does Socrates present his own account of piety or just destroy the

accounts offered by Euthyphro? If so what is his account of piety?

 

2. What are the charges against Socrates as recorded in the Apology. Is he guilty of

them? why or why not?

 

3.What is Socrates’ argument against Crito in the argument of the same name? Is it

persuasive? why or why not?

 

4. What would it mean to persuade the laws as it is described in the Crito? Does

Socrates’ account adequately allow for resisting evil legislation or is it essentially just a

way to maintain the status quo?

 

5. Discuss the nature of virtue in the Meno and/ or Phaedo. If you choose

the Meno things you should mention are some of Meno’s definitions of virtue and their

objections and whether virtue is teachable or not. If you choose the Phaedo things you

mention things you should mention are the difference between true and false virtue.

 

6. At the end of the Meno Socrates says that it will be a benefit to the Athenians if Meno

can convince Anytus of the conclusions they’ve reached in the dialogue (cf. 100a-b);

given your reading of the Apology and Anytus’s role there what lesson learned in

the Meno could be of benefit to Anytus and Meletus?

 

7. Discuss Plato’s arguments for recollection in the Meno; what puzzle is recollection

supposed to solve?

 

8. At Phaedo 86a-d Simmias puts forward the view that the soul is a sort of harmony.

Socrates provides at least two arguments against this view of the soul in the text that

follows. Describe his arguments and explain why you think they are convincing or not.

 

9. Explain Socrates’ arguments against Cebes’s objection that the soul is long-lasting

but not immortal (Phaedo (95c ff)); are they persuasive? why or why not?