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Plato for Revolutionaries: Justice and Power, Then and Now with Michael Pelias

Pla­to for Rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies: An 8‑week Online Course, Wednes­days begin­ning Sep­tem­ber 16th at 7 PM EST with Michael Pelias (LIU Brooklyn)

Pla­to for Rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies: Jus­tice and Pow­er, Then and Now

Rethink­ing the Ancients from a Mate­ri­al­ist Perspective

An 8‑week Online Course, Wednes­day evenings begin­ning Sep­tem­ber 16th at 7 PM EST with Michael Pelias (pro­fes­sor in Phi­los­o­phy, LIU)

At the end of the Intro­duc­tion to the Grun­drisse, Marx writes that the Greek arts “still afford us artis­tic plea­sure and that in a cer­tain respect they count as a norm and unat­tain­able mod­el.” In this His­tor­i­cal spir­it (Geist) we will engage the most broad­ly the­mat­ic text of West­ern philo­soph­i­cal think­ing, Plato’s Repub­lic (Politeia) through a par­al­lel read­ing and encounter with Plato’s text from 380 B.C.E. with that of the French philoso­pher, Alain Badiou’s con­tem­po­rary and re-imag­ined trans­la­tion of the ancient text. The empha­sis will be broad­ly on what themes (from epis­te­mol­o­gy to aes­thet­ics) from clas­si­cal antiq­ui­ty can be rethought for the 21st cen­tu­ry with an engage­ment with “demo­c­ra­t­ic mate­ri­al­ism” towards a new con­cep­tion of the Good and cri­tique of dom­i­nant com­mon think­ing beyond con­tem­po­rary notions of social jus­tice. A con­sis­tent and press­ing ques­tion will also address what is phi­los­o­phiz­ing, what is the role of the philoso­pher in our world and what can be brought to bear on trans­for­ma­tive and rev­o­lu­tion­ary think­ing today.

Read­ings:

The Repub­lic, trans­lat­ed and an inter­pre­ta­tive essay by Allan Bloom (Basic Books)

The Repub­lic, trans. by C.D.C. Reeve (Hack­ett)

Badiou, Alain. The Repub­lic: A dia­logue in 16 Chapters

The class will include a lec­ture to ori­ent the read­ings and the var­i­ous his­tor­i­cal themes encoun­tered there­in fol­lowed by an open and inter­ac­tive dia­logue among the participants.

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