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[Past Event] Last Days of Socrates

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The Western philosophical tradition was forged in tragedy. Socrates of Athens was put on trial by the city and executed for impiety only to be immortalized in his student Plato's dialogues as the fearless questioner for whom the unexamined life is not worth living. In the "Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, and Phaedo," we find the man following his daemon and acting in character to the end. Join us as we examine Plato's depictions of Socrates during his last days—the intolerable gadfly exposing others' ignorance of knowledge and virtue, brilliantly defending himself with irony at the trial, accepting his fate by refusing an opportunity to escape, and passing his final hours discussing the immortality of the soul among friends before he calmly drinks the hemlock and dies. We'll use "Plato: Five Dialogues" as our course text: John M. Cooper (Editor), G.M.A. Grube (translator); Second Edition, 2002.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesdays, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18 *4:00 - 5:30pm* (4 sessions)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Thomas Zebrowski, Ph.D., received a doctorate in religion from the University of Chicago and a master's in theology from Oxford. He is a realtor with Sotheby's International Realty in Carmel.