Free course

Plato on tradition and belief

Free statement of participation on completion

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.

NOTE: As part of OpenLearn's ongoing content review, this course will be deleted from the site on 22 March 2019. We will be publishing some new content on Plato in the near future. In the meantime, you may be interested in our course Introducing philosophy.

Course learning outcomes

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.