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E&D Fall Colloquium - Plato

Date: 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT August 31, 2016 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

  • 2016 E&D Plato Poster
    2016 E&D Plato Poster

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Five Dialogues by Plato
The lectures will feature speakers from different traditions and disciplines discussing one of the great works read in the fall E&D sections in an open format.  

  • Kim Cameron-Dominguez, Visiting Assistant Professor in SOAN, will discuss the changes in language and affect in two of Plato’s dialogues that we will read in E&D, the Apology and Crito. She will explore the implications these of these changes and the dialogic pulses between the subjective and the objective.  
  • John Holzwarth, Director of the Writing Center, will address Socratic questioning and what it reveals about Socrates’s relationship to democratic culture. He will discuss the pathologies he sees in democratic culture and also consider the broader optimism about human potential that might underlie Socrates’s intrusive questioning. He will connect this sort of questioning to the task of liberal education.
  • Nicholas Smith, James F. Miller Professor of Humanities (in Classics and Philosophy), will examine the actual charge against Socrates, the trial procedure, and why there is a delay before he can be put to death. His talk will give students some historical context in preparation for reading Plato’s dialogues.

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