Spring Breakthrough

Socrates on Trial

Syllabus


Human:

Joshua D. Sosin

Coordinates: M-Th 0900-1500ish | Link Group Study #1
Access:

CLST | 229A Allen | e: joshua.sosin AT duke


Spiel: This course--an extended conversation really--is a chance to attempt to understand how ancient Athens came to try, convict, and execute the philosopher, Socrates. This is a famous episode in the history of philosophy and thought and ideas, of political and personal ideologies, of civil and religious freedoms, and rightly so. But we will approach it from the point of view of ancient Athenian law, a subject on which we know quite a bit, thanks to the survival of about 100 speeches delivered more than 2000 years ago in actual trials!

While the subject matter itself is fascinating this experiment in teaching and learning will also provide us the luxury of space, time, and freedom to read carefully, learn from each other, ask lots of questions, learn about ourselves through the lens of others' experiences, without the pressure of grades, expectations, anxieties over professional prospects! If you are unsure what that means and what this experience will be like, you are not alone: this format is new for me too. We will be learning together, finding our way together. What could be better?


Schedule:
       

SUN

 

1215-1330 : Lunch

 

1330-1500 : Introduction

For tomorrow morning (background)
READ: MacDowell ch3-5 (42pp)
READ: MacDowell ch10-12 (47pp)
READ: MacDowell ch 16 (24pp)

MON

0830-0900 : Breakfast
0900-1000 : Morning Meet [review last night's readings, tee up afternoon's discussion]

1000-1200 : Break, read, formulate questions:
For afternoon discussion (violence)
READ: Lysias 1 (12pp)
READ: Demosthenes 54 (14pp)

READ: Lysias 12 (24pp)

1200-1300 : Lunch

1300-1430: Discuss morning readings
1430-1530 : Stroll

1700-1900 : Dinner at my house, transportation provided

For tomorrow morning (speech, duties)
READ: Lysias 9 (6pp)
READ: Lysias 10-11 (10pp)
READ: Lysias 14-15 (15pp)
READ: Lysias 21 (8pp)

TUE

0830-0900 : Breakfast
0900-1000 : Morning Meet

1000-1200 : Break, read, formulate questions:
For afternoon discussion (young and old)
READ: Demosthenes 58 (22pp)
READ: Lysias 20 (10pp)

1200-1300 : Lunch

1300-1430: Discuss readings
1430-1530 : Stroll

For tomorrow morning
(religion)
READ: Andocides 1 (45pp)
READ: Lysias 7 (11pp)
READ: Lysias 30 (11pp)

WED

0830-0900 : Breakfast
0900-1000 : Morning Meet

1000-1200 : Break, read, formulate questions:
For afternoon discussion (arguing)
READ: Hypereides 3 (14pp)
READ: Lysias 25 (10pp)

1200-1300 : Lunch

1300-1430: Discuss readings
1430-1530 : Stroll

For tomorrow morning (by request)
READ: TBD

THU

0830-0900 : Breakfast
0900-1000 : Morning Meet

1000-1200 : Break, read, formulate questions:
For afternoon discussion (Socrates at last)
READ: Plato, Apology (23pp)

1200-1300 : Lunch

 

1300-1430: Final discussion!
1430-1530 : Stroll