Plato's Republic is a classic of ancient Greek political philosophy that influenced the development of much future political thought, not to mention Jewish, Muslim and Christian theology. Plato's Socrates proposes some pretty wild ideas in this dialogue. The first is the equality of women in the military and ruling class. The second is absolute communism in those classes. In this talk, I'll focus in on the three shocking proposals that Socrates makes in Book 5 of Plato's Republic (the third one is the rule of philosophers!) Why is it that even in Ancient Greece, someone was playing around with radical ideas? There will be plenty of time for your questions!
Laurie loves teaching people about how philosophers and public figures developed and shaped our modern world. She loves answering questions! Her motto: In the long run it's true that ""The pen is mightier than the sword."" Ideas have consequences, and the more we know about them, the more we will know ourselves! Laurie is a Professor of Political Science specializing in political philosophies and ideologies. She's from Kansas, USA, and has been teaching at the university level for 30 years.
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