Odyssey: From Socrates to Plato—Foundations of Western Thought

This all-day Saturday session begins by briefly considering philosophy in the emerging Greek world, from Thales to Socrates. What does Socrates offer that is new and how? Discussion, debate, dialogue, but he never wrote down a word. His pupil, Plato, did that, and Plato's Academy, the first ivory tower, emerged as an institution where all kinds of issues and ideas could be discussed, without fear of offending the politically and socioeconomically powerful. With Plato as our instrument, the class will discuss what he and Socrates were asking, how their questions change ground over time, and what sorts of answers they arrived at—and how this all leads to our own era.

An itinerary of the day's sessions is in the Odyssey fall catalog.

910.784.01 Homewood campus
$99 (bring your own lunch)

$114 (includes a chicken salad box lunch)

Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Lunch break noon to 1:30 p.m.

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more information.