Philosophisches Seminar

Justin Vlasits PhD


Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Antike Philosophie

Lehrstuhl Prof. Corcilius


Universität Tübingen

Philosophisches Seminar
Bursagasse 1, Raum 319
D - 72070 Tübingen

Tel.: +49-7071-29 77310

Email: justin.vlasits[at]

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Curriculum Vitae

2007-2011 Studium der Philosophie und Literatur an Columbia University
2011-2017 Promotionsstudium an der University of California, Berkeley
(Titel der Dissertation ‘Platonic Division and the Origins of Aristotelian Logic’)
2017- Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Universität Tübingen


(Sommer 2019 in Englischer Sprache)

1. Proseminar: Ethics with Socrates, Dienstag 10-12 Uhr, Schellingzimmer
Socrates represented quintessential philosophical life in the ancient world. His life, as Plato depicts it, was devoted to seeking a clearer understanding of fundamental ethical notions, notions that still grip us today. In this course we will not only learn about what Socrates has to say about topics such as moderation, courage, justice, friendship, and virtue. We will also do philosophy *with *Socrates, coming to our own understanding of these concepts. Socrates was most famous for his philosophical discussions, in which he held productive conversations with experts in particular fields, ordinary people, and so-called sophists, professional teachers who traveled throughout the Greek speaking world
teaching virtue and oratory. Our seminar will experiment in having its own Socratic conversations about these topics.

Literatur: All required readings will be made available on ILIAS.

- John Cooper (ed.), Plato: Complete Works. Indianapolis: Hackett.

- Donald R. Morrison (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Socrates. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2. Hauptseminar: Plato's Philebus, Montag 12-14 Uhr, Schellingzimmer
In this seminar, we will read slowly and carefully Plato's late dialogue *Philebus*, which primarily concerns the respective roles of pleasure and knowledge in the good life. Socrates attempts to argue here first against a radical hedonist (Philebus) and then a more moderate hedonist (Protarchus) that it is knowledge, not pleasure, that makes someone happy. This fascinating dialogue, in its attempt to get a hold on this ethical question, brings in a huge variety of different topics such as God's creation of the world, the proper methodology of science, and the psychology of memory and anticipation. Because of this diversity of topics, this course serves as an entry point into late Plato generally and is accessible to students without a background in ancient philosophy.

Literatur: All required readings will be made available on ILIAS.

- Dorothea Frede (trans.), Plato: Philebus. Indianapolis: Hacket.

- Dorothea Frede (trans. and comm.), Platon: Philebos. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.