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2/17 – Rebecca Goldstein, “Why Did the Greeks Invent Philosophy?” @ Brooklyn Public Philosophers
Feb 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Rebecca Goldstein has written a zillion books of philosophy and philosophical fiction, including The Mind-Body Problem, Betraying Spinoza, and most recently Plato at the Googleplex. She is a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant, for work that “describe[s] with wit, compassion and originality the interaction of mind and heart.” President Obama recently awarded her the National Humanities Medal “for bringing philosophy into conversation with culture.”
And now, her greatest honor: on February 17th at 7:00 P.M., Rebecca Goldstein is coming to Brooklyn Public Philosophers.
Her talk is entitled “Why Did the Greeks Invent Philosophy?” Here’s the abstract:
“Why Did the Greeks Invent Philosophy?”
The philosopher Karl Jaspers pointed out that all the religious traditions that still survive originated in roughly the same period, 800 to 200 B.C.E., and that this was the period that also saw the birth of Greek philosophy, as well as Greek tragedy. From the Far East of China and India and Persia and westward all around the Mediterranean, including north to the Judean Hills and into Europe by way of the ancient Greeks, there was an explosion of normative thinking–thinking about how we ought to live our lives. The Greeks offered the only secular responses to the existential challenge, despite their culture’s saturation with religious ritual. And yet it would be a mistake to think of them as a society of philosophers; after all, they sentenced Socrates to death on the charge of impiety and corrupting the youth. What have we, in many ways so startlingly similar to the ancient Greeks, to learn from their responses to the question of what makes for a life worth living?
As usual, we meet at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza), in the Info Commons Lab.
Tell your friends/co-workers/strangers! Bring a date! See you there, I hope!