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A. N. Whitehead famously suggested that the history of Western philosophy is a series of footnotes to Plato. In this course we will explore a selection of themes and arguments from his dialogues, ranging from value theory to metaphysics and epistemology. What is philosophy and what is its purpose? What is fundamentally really and how do we come to have knowledge of it? Can virtue be taught? Would becoming virtuous make us happy?All readings in English translation.Pre-requisites: one philosophy course or permission of instructors

This is a virtual synchronous course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts virtual courses are designed to provide high-quality, flexible, and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about virtual course policies and expectations, please visit

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

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School of Arts & Sciences