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Plato in Paris
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (summer)
Language of Instruction: English Program Features: Academic Study
Time Away: Summer Program Group: Study Abroad OIP
Program Adviser: Francesca Schenker
Program Description:

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Plato in Paris - PHI 305


This seminar takes as its text Plato’s Republic, by any account one of the most influential, widely studied, widely admired texts of Western Civilization, and one of the greatest pieces of writing of any age.  The Republic covers a huge range of philosophical issues.  Its focus is on the correct conception of justice, both the sort of justice that we find at the level of the political state, and the justice that we attribute to individuals when we think of them as being morally just agents.  Along the way, Plato offers not only a sketch of what he thinks an Ideal City would look like, but also a penetrating analysis of human psychology, a theory of knowledge which still attracts philosophers today, an educational program centering on Mathematics as a means of coming to see the truth, and an analysis of how societies can fall away from the ideal.  The book culminates in a savage attack on Art and Literature, in which Plato deploys his insights about human psychology and the nature of truth in showing that the Ideal City can make no room for the vast majority of Art and Literature because of their power to corrupt the minds even of decent people. French language skills are not required.

The Setting

The seminar will take place in Paris, and has at its heart a detailed close reading of the Republic, under the guidance of Professor Benjamin Morison, with student presentations covering the entirety of the 350 page text, interspersed with the occasional guest lecture by distinguished professors from Paris or debate with local students. In addition, we will visit various local sites and museums which resonate with the Republic, such as a visit to see the Louvre’s extraordinary collection of ancient Greek antiquities, and visits to politically charged monuments and sites (the monumental architecture of Paris, Paris under Nazi occupation). The aim of the seminar is to give the student a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the Republic, gaining skills at close reading and philosophical writing along the way.

 

Academics

Eligibility:

For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Classes begin Monday, June 25 and end Friday, July 27 2018

Housing

More information coming shortly

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in France. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website. If you hold an American passport, you will not need a visa for this program. If not, please see the Campus France website for information on visa requirements.

Application Process

In order to apply, please do the following:
  • Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application.
  • Complete the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline: February 16, 2018

NOTE: Finalists will be contacted for an interview with Professor Morison and the course’s Assistant Instructor, Emily Hulme. These will take place the week of March 5, 2018, with decisions being made soon after.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/16/2018 03/09/2018 06/25/2018 07/27/2018