The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Jefferson Book Club: Plato, Phaedo (excerpt)

Thu, May 7, 2015 | WAG 403B

5:00 PM

Plato's Phaedo famously presents Socrates defending the immortality of the soul to a group of his friends on the day of his death.  In the midst of this memorable scene, Socrates presents an abridged autobiography revealing his youthful passion for natural science, his eventual disenchantment with its characteristic aims and methods, and his turn to the questions and approach of Socratic philosophy as we know it from the writings of his students.  This brief but complicated section of the Phaedo is among the most important sources we have for understanding the origin and intention of Socratic philosophy.  Most of all, it raises and helps to answer the question of the place of moral and political philosophy within the whole of philosophy as Socrates understood it.

The discussion will be led by Government graduate student Ariel Helfer.

Paper copies of the reading will be available for pick-up in BAT 2.116.

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