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Plato on tradition and belief

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How can we settle questions of morality or ethics? This free course, Plato on tradition and belief, explores Plato's dialogue, the Laches, to discover why Plato thought that we should look to reason, rather than tradition, to decide how we should live and what it means to be courageous.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • recognise some of the skills involved in studying philosophy, including reading a philosophical text, recognising a philosophical question, and analysing and evaluating a deductive argument
  • understand some of Plato’s philosophical views – in particular, his views concerning the value of traditional beliefs.

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Plato on tradition and belief


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In this course, we shall read some extracts from the Laches, a dialogue written by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato (c. 427–347 bce) (see Figure 1). One of our aims in reading these extracts is to discover how Plato uses philosophical argument to question traditional beliefs.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course AA100 The Arts Past and Present [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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