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The Great Conversation: How Should We Live?

  • Abigail Adams Institute 14 Arrow Street Cambridge United States (map)

How should we live? This question lies at the core of what it means to be human. In volume I we explore the “best which has been thought and said” from the dawn of civilization through the fall of Rome. Today’s session is on Plato’s Apology:

The crucible of democratic Athens as it declines from Periclean zenith to Peloponnesian defeat gives rise to the exemplary philosopher, Socrates (c.470-399 B.C.) His student Plato (c.427-c.347 B.C.) wrote the Apology of Socrates as an account of the trial of his teacher, who was executed in 399 B.C. What is wisdom? Does the pursuit of wisdom corrupt the young? Does philosophy compromise religion and social order?