My goal in this paper is to produce a more “multi-dimensional” characterization of Socrates by examining several “forgotten” Platonic dialogues. The intention of this paper is to produce a more comprehensive characterization of Socrates so as to examine whether Athens was justified in ultimately trying Socrates and putting him to death. I seek to assess how these “forgotten” dialogues shed light upon the conflict between Socrates and Athens and fundamentally how they elucidate the conflict between philosophy and politics. Understanding these conflicts contributes to a better understanding of Socrates, his method of enquiry, and his ability to teach others. I ultimately conclude that the condemnation of Socrates in Apology may be misguided in the sense that the Athenian jury fails to understand that conversing about ideas that bring one closer to wisdom is not a corrupting act, but instead an enlightening act. Philosophy and politics, while fundamentally in tension with each other, can and should coexist if one desires to live the fully examined life.
Brochure presents schedule of lectures and speakers for the 2007-2008 J. Glenn Gray colloquium series: J. Glenn Gray’s vision of philosophy / Jane Cauvel (CC Professor Emerita of philosophy) -- Philosophy in a time of war: J. Glenn Gray yesterday and today / Martin Woessner -- Fighting wars and moral responsibility: a case for selective conscientious objection / Carl Ficarrotta -- Heidegger on ontotheology: the history that we are / Iain Thomson -- Ancient wisdom, modern lives: why the Greeks still matter / John Riker (CC professor of philosophy) -- The promise of politics / Elisabeth Young-Bruehl.
Revered Tibetan Buddhist monk and scholar Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, from Ladakh, India, will present Buddhist perspectives on love, compassion and forgiveness in conversation with Professor David Gardiner of the Colorado College Religion department. Part of f Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded March 27, 2009.
An internationally prominent researcher on atomic physics and quantum mechanics, interested in bridging the disciplines of the sciences and the humanities, Arthur Zajonc, has been integrally involved in the mind and life dialogues that have brought together Western specialists in various sciences with the Dalai Lama and other contemplatives. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded February 1, 2007.
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins was the 2008 commencement speaker. Collins became a household name when, in 2001, he was named Poet Laureate of the United States, a position he held for two years. He subsequently served as New York State Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded May 19, 2008.