April 19, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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In April we shall discuss the question, How much is Socrates a model for philosophy and philosophers today? We shall look at some aspects of the significance that is usually given to Socrates in the early development of the philosophical reasoning, method, and values; and then try to relate them to some later developments in Western philosophy following the ancient Greeks and some what we find in modern and contemporary philosophical work.
The reading for our discussion is Plato's dialogue "The Apology," which gives a good idea of the man Socrates and his mission in life. This dialogue should be easy to find, if you don't already possess a copy. An Introduction and translation of the complete dialogue by Benjamin Jowett is available at this link
There's a wealth of literature on Socrates, but for a good, one-stop site for background reading on Socrates, his life and philosophy, check out the article in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
We invite participants to join us and bring your questions and comments on this topic. We meet once a month to discuss topics and issues in philosophy. Normally our discussion will focus on the announced topic; but occasionally we allow for an open, free flowing discussion. Our discussions are open to all levels of experience.