Course Overview

We will examine the use of reason in dogma of faith. First, what is the justification of believing something that we cannot know with certainty; second, what is the justification of believing a doctrine based on the authority of one person; and third, what is the justification of believing a doctrine that we cannot know the truth of with any certainty. We will look into three dialogues of Plato that show Socrates examining these three areas of faith: the unquestioned acceptance of dogma, the unquestioned acceptance of an authority’s proclaiming the truth of such dogma, and the unquestioned acceptance of a dogma regardless of it being proven false. The three dialogues respectively are Euthyphro, Protagoras, and Gorgias.

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