Socrates, Plato's mentor and the protagonist in his dialogues, is notorious for his repeated declaration of the delphic oracle: γνῶθι σεαυτόν(Know Thyself). To this end, another influential philosopher opined, "Whoever would make of himself a distinctive individual must be keen to perceive what he is not." In other words, these writers understood that we are unable on our own to clearly see our own biases, fallacious reasoning, or the true nature of our being. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, we are all wrong in some respect, but each generation is wrong in its own way, and usually not about the same things. We call this "the value of strangeness." It's not until we enter into the great conversation with those strangers who lived at a different time, in a different place, and did not share our modern presuppositions, but thought deeply about the human condition, that we are truly able to see into the mirror of the human experience and reflect on our own condition.
Join me on Monday, July 17th, at 3pm Pacific time for a look into the mirror of history and explore the value of strangeness. I'll provide a brief overview of the Greeks and Romans, and then we'll explore one of humanity's greatest perennial questions by diving into a sample lesson from Plato's Republic. In this webinar you'll discover the significance of the Old Western Culture and learn why studying these great thinkers from the past is an important key to intuiting and understanding our present culture and our trajectory into the future.