Re: Reading Plato Project

Project: 67
Name: Peter Amato (; 215-895-1353)
Department: English and Philosophy
Academic Area: Philosophy

Title: Re: Reading Plato Project

Over the centuries there has been some consensus and widespread dispute over the best ways of reading and learning from the texts of Plato. Long periods during which dominant opinions became entrenched have been punctuated by moments of innovative scholarship and the production of new interpretations, opening up pathways both into and outward from Plato's questions and answers. I am working on a new course and few different articles related to the exploration of existing and developing scholarship on Plato, based on works written in English or available in translation.

Associated Independent Study:
Such project would involve reading some of the Dialogues of Plato in English translation, a survey of the history of scholarship on Plato, and some articles and books outlining the variety of major interpretations of Plato. I am thinking about maybe running a PHIL475 course of this nature in fall or sometime in 2012-13.

Gained Experience:
The student working on this project would see how some forms of philosophical research is done and would gain a sophisticated insight in particular regarding one of the most important philosophers in the entire western canon while at the same time learning about some of the newest and most recent developments in the field.

I am developing a course that would run as a PHIL475 but could fulfill a Philosophy Major requirement as a 481 or 485 course entitled something like "Re: Reading Plato," and feeding work I am hoping to do on several articles (potentially leading to a book down the line) on separate dialogues of Plato and how they can and perhaps should be "read with new eyes" as Hans-Georg Gadamer has urged.

The student would work on a bibliography of recent scholarship on alternative and innovative interpretations of the works of Plato. I would probably expect the student to do some reading preliminary to this that would prepare him or her for this by outlining the major traditional schools of thought on Plato's writings.

Mostly it will be online.

Approximately every two weeks we should have some contact either over email or in person.

Interview Availability:
April 16, April 17, April 18