Wednesday, November 27, 2013 — Tomson Hall 280

Great Conversation Plenary Lecture

"How to Question Pieties and Corrupt the Youth: Myth and Allegory in Plato's Republic"

Douglas Casson

Associate Professor of Political Science

The Great Conversation is one of St. Olaf’s signature learning communities. The program focuses on the Western experience — from the Greeks and Hebrews on through the 20th century — over a five-course sequence that takes students through their first and second years of college. From time to time, all students enrolled in the program gather for plenary lectures delivered by one of the program professors or by a guest lecturer from another department.

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Readings for the day:

  • Plato, Republic
    • Book I, 327a-341b
    • Book VII, 514a-521a

Previous readings drawn on in this lecture:

  • Plato, Apology
  • Plato, Crito
  • Plato, Symposium

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