What we're about

We are the Cleveland chapter of SOPHIA, The Society of Philosophers in America.

Our mission is to use the tools of philosophical inquiry to improve people’s lives and enrich the profession of philosophy through conversation and community building. SOPHIA is made up of people from within and beyond the academy, people who are interested in deep, meaningful dialogue, and who aim to enrich public discourse, civility, and community.

This is a group for people who enjoy thinking deeper beyond the talking points and the headlines, as well as talking with others about issues that matter in everyday life and in the public sphere. People who want more civil discourse and open-mindedness to address difficult topics and current events should join us for conversation and community building. Those are SOPHIA's aims: to build communities of philosophical conversation. We want to do that right here in the Greater Cleveland Area!

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Great Political Thinkers Series: Plato (Part III: Why We Need the Ideal)

Do you ever find yourself wondering what Plato thought about justice, politics, who should rule, or how states ought to govern? Well then this three-part reading and discussion group is just the thing for you. We will be tackling several parts of Plato's work over the course of three separate events. The schedule is as follows: Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m. "The Ideal Community": readings from Republic books II, III, IV Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. "Why the Ideal is Impossible": readings from Republic book V; section from the Statesman Saturday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. "Why We Need the Impossible Ideal": readings from Laws III and V Since Meetup no longer supports file sharing, here is the Google drive link for the October 26 readings: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1er7nP5VFXt-fnGzY8uIuXXwr-6QShKox/view?usp=sharing In addition to Plato, the "Great Political Thinkers" series will tackle many of Western philosophy's greatest minds on questions surrounding politics, society, political authority, justice, civil disobedience, and many more. (Note: Prior reading is required for this event, but you may still come to the events to listen and contribute. If you do choose to come without doing the readings or having no familiarity with the subject matter being discussed, please understand that the time will be used to dig into the subject matter in a deep way and is not a time for you to sound off on a tangential or partially related topic. We have plenty of other events for that.)

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