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

Jefferson Book Club: Xenophon, Apology

Thu, April 23, 2015 | WAG 403B

5:00 PM

The primary reason to study political philosophy is to find guidance in answering the most important question of human life: How should I live? One answer to that question is contained in the works of Plato and Xenophon, works which present the life of Socrates as a model worthy of emulation. But Socrates led a very strange life. What made Socrates tick? If one adopted and fully internalized the Socratic outlook, how would one view the world and human existence? In particular, what are the “Socratic virtues,” and how do these differ, if they differ, from the virtues we are taught and inclined to pursue?

Bookmark and Share