Plato: The Great Philosopher-Educator

with Dr. David Diener

Text CoverThis course provides an introduction to the foundational philosopher Plato and his thoughts on education. Plato’s philosophy of education has shaped the educational principles and practices of the Western world for over two millennia. In this course, Dr. David Diener guides educators through a discussion of Plato’s background and context, some of his key insights on curriculum and pedagogy, and his educational legacy, closing with the relevance and implications of Plato’s views for educators in the twenty-first century.

The course is based on the guidebook Plato: The Great Philosopher-Educator by Dr. David Diener. We recommend purchasing the text for reference throughout the course.

This course follows the organizational theme of the book Plato: The Great Philosopher-Educator by Dr. David Diener, as shown below. Corresponding readings from this text are listed within each lesson.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction, Biography of Plato, and Plato’s Historical Context
  • Lesson 2: Plato’s Educational Context
  • Lesson 3: Plato’s Understanding of the Nature and Purpose of Education
  • Lesson 4: Plato’s Model of Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Lesson 5: Plato’s Educational Legacy and the Relevance and Implications of Plato’s Thought for Twenty-First-Century Education
  • Lesson 6: Conclusion and Recommendations for Further Study

David DienerDr. David Diener has a BA in philosophy and ancient languages from Wheaton College and an MA in philosophy, an MS in history and philosophy of education, and a dual PhD in philosophy and philosophy of education from Indiana University. He is the Head of School at Grace Academy in Georgetown, TX, and an adjunct philosophy professor at Taylor University. The Dieners have four children and enjoy working, playing, loving, and laughing together.

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