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The ethical and pedagogical aspects of Eros: a study on Plato's Phaedrus

Grant number: 11/10351-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): February 28, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - Ethics
Principal researcher:Marcelo Perine
Grantee:Caio Marin Lee
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Comunicação, Letras e Artes. Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The objective of this researching project is to provide the candidate a first researching experience on a philosophical text: Plato's Phaedrus. Therefore, it looks forward to providing a deeper interpretation of the text - with the aid of commentators - and notions of how to organize a scientific work. The project's object is the role that Eros plays in the dialogue Phaedrus, so that one can from that point derive ethical and pedagogical conclusions. From an educational perspective, the text may be regarded as an initiation of the young man Phaedrus in the philosophical life, which is not only a domain of knowledge (epistéme), of investigation methods (techné dialektiké) and of teaching (didaché), but also as a particular way of life, which may be described as "love for wisdom". The project will deal, hence, with some of the main platonic problems, and so also provide the opportunity for a critical reflexion on the teaching process itself.

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