Categories: General
      Date: Apr 21, 2011
     Title: Justice and society examined at Thursday Forum

Questions of justice and societal obligations close out the Thursday Forum academic year in May with an examination of Plato’s “Republic” by Coe Professor of Philosophy John Lemos.



Questions of justice and societal obligations close out the Thursday Forum academic year in May with an examination of Plato’s “Republic” by Coe Professor of Philosophy John Lemos.

Plato (428-348 B.C.), a student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle, is one of the most important figures in the history of philosophy. In the “Republic,” he argues that justice in the individual and in the ideal state are akin to one another, both being a kind of harmonious interworking of the parts constitutive of each.

The central question of the “Republic” is whether the life of justice, the moral life, is a benefit to the person who is just and moral. In answering this question, Plato leads us on a path that raises many other questions. Time permitting, this course will take up the question of the relation between morality and self-interest in more detail by considering some contemporary philosophical work on the subject.

The Thursday Forum lectures will be held May 5, 12, 19 and 26 in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. The series will conclude with a luncheon on May 26.

The courses are open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost is $10 per week or $30 for the four-week course. Gift certificates are available. For more information about the Coe College Thursday Forum lecture series, call (319) 399-8619.