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Plato’s Republic

"The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato" (Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality, 1929).  In this course we will cover the argument for just behavior in our personal life  and in the governing of our country. What is justice and how is it more beneficial than injustice? What defines a good person, and how does that person become evil? What is the best government and how does it decline?

Instructor Bio:

Jon Mikalson, the W.R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Classics at UVA, has written nine books on Greek religion and culture and loves all things Greek, ancient and modern.

Required Reading:

Plato: Republic, translated by G.M.A. Grube, revised by C.D.C. Reeve (Hackett, 1992, ISBN # 0-87220-136-8)

Recommended Reading:



Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A200 Jon Mikalson March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 Tu 10:00-11:30 am OLLI Conference Room A

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