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Splash Biography

YI QU, UC Berkeley senior studying Social Sciences

Major: Political Science&Legal Studies

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi! I'm a fourth-year undergraduate student interested in the study of society and humanity. I strongly believe in the power of discussion and interaction, while taking pleasure in demystifying theories using daily languages and common-sense examples.

As a Political Science and Legal Studies major, I am motivated to work at the intersection between public policy and law. I am also excited to explore my passion in education.

Past Classes

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H775: Should Socrates escape? An Introduction to Topics in Moral and Political Philosophy in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 02, 2019)
Summary: Socrates was kept in prison for a month after his trial. Crito, his friend, came to convince him to escape into exile. It seems that everything had been well-arranged -- all Socrates needed to do was to decide. Now, should he decide to escape? Together we will take a close look at some excerpts from Plato’s recount of the conversation between Socrates and Crito, especially the ones concerning Socrates’ insistence on “never do wrong” (49b-d) and his duty towards “the laws and the state” of Athens (50a-52d). We will then examine the application of these arguments in the contemporary context of war, racial justice, and revolution. Through this process, we will familiarize ourselves with some of the most burning issues in moral philosophy, in awe of the timelessness of these moral dilemmas. Instructor’s note: No prior experience in classics or philosophy is needed for this class. We will avoid using any academic jargons. The goal is to demystify both classics and philosophy using daily language and close-to-life examples. If you would like to know more about the context before class, I recommend checking out this illustration: