This course will introduce us to the philosophic life by reading about one of the most famous (or infamous) trials in human history, namely the trial and subsequent death of Socrates. “The Apology,” written by Socrates’ student Plato, gives an account of Socrates’ life in response to the charges that he corrupts the young and is an atheist for not believing in the gods of the city.
“The Crito” takes place in prison and considers the escape plan arranged by Socrates’ old friend, Crito. Should Socrates go along with the scheme or should he remain in Athens and suffer the penalty imposed upon him by the Athenian jury? The course will conclude with a reading of death scene from “The Phaedo.”
Paul Douillard is a retired professor of Philosophy with a PhD from Boston College. He taught Philosophy at five colleges including Assumption College, Caldwell University, and the College of Mount St. Vincent. He served as Dean of the Undergraduate College at Assumption and Mount St. Vincent and as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at Caldwell University. Currently he teaches as an adjunct faculty of philosophy at Assumption College.
REQUIRED BOOK: The Trial and Death of Socrates, 3rd Edition, Hackett Publishing Co. ISBN 978-0872205543
READING FOR THE FIRST CLASS: “The Apology” from The Trial and Death of Socrates.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609