PHV426 Plato and His Ideas

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
PhDr. Josef Petrželka, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Josef Petrželka, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Wed 18:00–19:40 A11
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! PH0115 Plato's Theory of Ideas
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Why, what for, how, and what with it today?
The course will answer the questions why did Plato introduce the Forms, what for should this explaining tool serve, how was it elaborate and what was/is its later influence.
Learning outcomes
After the completion of the course, students should be able to:
- explain grounds of Plato's introduction of Forms;
- explain significance of this step for the system of Plato's thought;
- list objections to the concept of Forms;
- describe significance of this conception for history of thinking.
  • 1. Plato's words about the Forms.
  • 2. The structure of the realm of Forms.
  • 3. The relationship of Forms and particulars (the third man problem).
  • 4. How are we to recognize Forms?
  • 5. Aristotle's critique of Plato's Forms (Metaphysics).
  • 6. The heritage of Plato's conception of Forms.
    recommended literature
  • THEIN, Karel. Vynález věcí : o Platónově hypotéze idejí. Vyd. 1. Praha: Filosofia, 2008. 515 s. ISBN 9788070072783. info
  • Idea a třetí muž. Edited by Petr Rezek. Praha: [Institut pro středoevropskou kulturu a politiku], 1993. ISBN 80-85241-38-2. info
  • Idea, hypotéza a otázka : k Platónově teorii idejí. 1. vyd. Praha: Institut pro středoevropskou kulturu a politiku, 1991. lO9 s. info
  • GADAMER, Hans-Georg. Idea dobra mezi Platónem a Aristotelem. Translated by Jan Šindelář - Filip Karfík. 1. vyd. Praha: Institut pro středoevropskou kulturu a politiku, 1994. 114 s. ISBN 80-85241-46-3. info
  • PLATÓN. Sofistés. 4., opr. vyd. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2009. 95 s. ISBN 9788072981625. info
  • PLATÓN. Timaios ;Kritias. 3. opr. vyd. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2008. 127 s. ISBN 80-86005-07-0. info
  • PLATÓN. Faidón. Translated by František Novotný. 6., opr. vyd. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2005. 107 s. ISBN 8072981587. info
  • PLATÓN. Symposion. 6. opr. vyd. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2005. 85 s. ISBN 8072981390. info
  • PLATÓN. Ústava. Translated by František Novotný. 4., opr. vyd. Praha: OIKOYMENH, 2005. 427 s. ISBN 8072981420. info
  • PLATÓN. Parmenidés. 2. vyd. Praha: Oikoymenh, 1996. 92 s. ISBN 80-86005-02-X. info
  • PLATÓN. Filébos. 3. opr. vyd. Praha: ISE, 1994. 100 s. ISBN 80-85241-35-8. info
  • PLATÓN. Faidros. 4. opr. vyd. Praha: ISE, 1993. 85 s. ISBN 80-85241-33-1. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, on-line texts.
Assessment methods
Oral exam. Its subject will be discussion about:
1. one Plato's dialogue student will choose from the list in ELF and one special paper from another list.
2. main terms and problems of the topics of that course.

The details about the exam in the ELF (, key for the enrolment is "ideje_2019").

The conditions for completion are the same for the full-time students as well as for the students of combined form.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in three years.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: kombinovaná forma: 16 hodin/semestr.
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