MPhil Master of Philosophy candidate
Let's explore the foundations of Western epistemology, the theory of knowledge. What constitutes knowledge? What's the difference between your holding a belief p and knowing p? We can officially begin with Plato's Meno and Thaetetus and then move on to Aristotle's Posterior Analytics where we find the first ever guidelines to how a science, a field of knowledge, ought to be structured. We will see the complexities of the questions (and if we're lucky, some answers) surrounding knowledge! Optional expansions: If you'd like to explore a broader range of philosophers than only Plato & Aristotle, it would also, I think, be fruitful to examine works by Epicurus, the Stoics, and the Skeptics! Or, if you are interested in doing comparative studies with Ancient Chinese philosophy, I am more than happy to grit through those Ancient Chinese texts with you! I am familiar with them as well.
Japanese Cultural Analysis and Translation
Let's enjoy watching or reading Japanese media: manga, anime, movies, and/or dramas. But the fun of course won't stop there! Let's analyze the social / economic / political society of modern (or, if we choose a period piece, e.g., 大河ドラマ, historical) Japan. What sorts of values and practices shape Japanese culture and society today? How do these aspects compare with your home country's? I'm also of course happy to work with you on your Japanese language skills in the process!
Platonic Dialogue Philosophical Analysis and Translation
We dive deep into the original Ancient Greek text of your interest to discuss the ideas behind Plato's literary and philosophical masterpieces! Choose the one you like best and we can work from there. Depending on which you choose, we can discuss anything from the philosophy of love and sexual pleasures to 'what is it to know something', from piety and the origins of objective ethical frameworks to the nature of justice. The dialogues with which I am *most* familiar: the Republic, Meno, Euthyphro, Theaetetus, Gorgias, Phaedo, Symposium, Timaeus, the Sophist, the Statesman, Ion, and Crito, though of course I'm happy to work with you on all the others as well!