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The Death of Socrates and the Birth of Political Philosophy with Dr. Jason Kropsky
December 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for an evening class in political philosophy with Dr. Jason Rueven Kropsky. This program is free and open to the public.
Description: “Philosophy is a series of footnotes to Plato,” writes twentieth century philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Plato’s discussion of politics. This introductory class explores basic themes of political philosophy through the writings of Plato. Here we are introduced to a conflicted Socrates, Plato’s teacher, who aimed to provoke citizens of Athens to search for the highest good beyond existing law in The Republic, while accepting his own death sentence by the Athenian courts for his so-called corrupting influence.
Through a close reading of the short dialogue Crito, we”ll explore fundamental political questions about the nature of law, loyalty, civil disobedience and the conflict that arises when ideals of justice clash with the authority of the state. We will engage in spirited debate over Socrates’ legacy as seen through Crito, as well as the thought experiment introduced by Socrates’ sparring partner in The Republic, Glaucon, who recounts the story of the shepherd Gyges in an allegory pointing to the necessity of law in curbing the dark side of human nature.
Bio: Dr. Jason Reuven Kropsky holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (May 2019). He has resided in Oregon the past four years between Portland and the South Coast. Prior to moving west, he taught courses in Political Theory, American Government and International Criminal Justice at Hunter College, John Jay School of Criminal Justice and the City College of New York.
Image: The Death of Socrates by Jacques Louis David