ONLINE SEMINAR
April 12 | Plato’s Republic

$350.00

Plato’s Republic: Does it represent a dangerous rationalistic tendency of the human mind to flirt with utopia, and ought it be rejected, even banned? Or does it hold the keys to many of our most fundamental problems? Does it promote ignorance? Or does it promote, even uniquely, an essential self-understanding, an understanding of our own situation? Needless to say, none of these questions can be raised with any seriousness if we ourselves have not first read the book, and give it chance to speak for itself.

This seminar will be read-as-we-go.

When: Six weekly sessions on Mondays at 12:00 p.m. Eastern, starting April 12, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$273 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We will be using Zoom; you will receive instructions on how to join upon registration. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

All seminar payments are nonrefundable. If you are interested in applying your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.

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Description

LEADER

David Saussy holds a BA and an MA from St. John’s College (Santa Fe), and is a founding member and president of Symposium Great Books Institute.

BOOK

Republic (Focus Philosophical Library), by Plato, translated by Joe Sachs
(Focus, 2007)
ISBN-13: 978-1585102617

Please be sure to obtain this edition.

We encourage you to support local bookstores or other independent sellers. In the US, try Bookshop.org. In Canada, try McNally Robinson or the IndieBound bookstore finder.

NB, David is hosting a free workshop on the Republic on March 29 at 12 p.m. Eastern. RSVP here.

Plato’s Republic: Does it represent a dangerous rationalistic tendency of the human mind to flirt with utopia, and ought it be rejected, even banned? Or does it hold the keys to many of our most fundamental problems? Does it promote ignorance? Or does it promote, even uniquely, an essential self-understanding, an understanding of our own situation? Needless to say, none of these questions can be raised with any seriousness if we ourselves have not first read the book, and give it chance to speak for itself.

Because of its importance in the history of Western thought and philosophy, Plato’s Republic has an air of familiarity about it that makes it hard to let it to speak for itself. But this is exactly what we will try to do. We will come face-to-face with questions about justice and tyranny, as well as the education of children, the health of political communities, and the care of the heart and mind. The questions the book raises are our own deepest questions of today. Whether you’ve read the Republic before or this is your very first time, this seminar is an excellent opportunity to dig into the text by means of a supportive conversational community, involving close reading and listening — an engaged learning experience you just can’t get in any other way. At the end of this seminar, we may not have all the answers, but we will know more about what Plato is up to in this book by conversing and reading together.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

 

 

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