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

Jefferson Center Book Club: Plato

Hipparchus

Thu, October 11, 2018 | WAG 403B

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hipparchus, or Lover of Gain:  In this comedic yet serious Platonic dialogue, Socrates confronts an unnamed citizen who is convinced that lovers of gain are blameworthy.  By paying attention to this discussion, we find an opportunity to understand the relationship between ordinary decency and the unbridled pursuit of gain (or profit).  Additionally, we encounter the question of whether our experience and understanding of beings can truly be separated from our evaluation of those beings.

The reading is available here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bp76qyyxkwlmuwk/Hipparchus.pdf?dl=0

The discussion will be led by Sam Mead, who is currently a graduate student studying political theory in the Government department.

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