Suggested subject for discussion:
The intellectual aristocracy led by by Pericles governed Athens during its "Golden Age" and tolerated gadfly Socrates, but the democracy that came next condemned him to death because he questioned their religion. I propose that - The non wealthy and non intellectual like the wealthy because they understand them and can imagine being happily wealthy. But they do not like intellectuals because they don't understand them and cannot imagine being a happy intellectual.
Plato suggested government by a specially trained group of intellectual aristocrats, trained not in the arts of rhetoric and successful argument but in reason and logic, i. e. scientific methods.
Proposed subject -
Was Plato right?
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Subject: [Seattle-Analytic-Philosophy-CLUB] last & next meetup
Date: Wed, 1 Dec[masked]:42:22 -0500
Trophies to all who attended and contributed to the discussion at our last meetup! This last topic was a doozie to articulate and defend. I think it took a little while to get the debate off the ground, but sparks started flying towards the end! I'm forever impressed at the caliber of brainiacs that come to these events.
At the Free Will vs. Determinism meetup, the topic AGAIN came up about just how far science can go in replacing or subsuming everything else (a.k.a. 'reductionism'). I'd like to make that our next topic, given the degree of interest; however, the holidays are fast approaching and some of you are leaving town etc. -- Can you email me back (email me, not the group), about an optimal time for you to attend the next meetup. Shall we meet before X-mas, around the 20th or so, or just wait until after the New Year?
Also, any other ideas you have for future topics, please post in the 'idea' section!
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