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Search: Colloquium 29 (Fall 2019)

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

“Alexander Visits the Sage Plato in his Mountain Cave,”
Folio from a Khamasa of Amir Khusrau Dihlavi illustrated by Basawan
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold on paper
(H: 25.1 × W: 15.9 cm)

The Khamsa of the Indian poet Amir Khusrau includes a section on the philosopher-king Alexander the Great, who in Khusrau’s telling of his life led expeditions to China, Russia, and the Western Isles, and also undertook quests of a spiritual dimension. Here, the turbaned king is seated on the right, listening to the sage Plato, who offers advice on rulership but also warns of Alexander’s impending death.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Plato, Meno

Topic of Discussion

Now that you have studied the discussion between Socrates and Protagoras about the nature of virtue (and the tangential issues of whether one can acquire virtue through education and whether a rhetorical approach to education is more or less effective that dialectic) and now that you have some experience with Plato’s understanding of the physical universe, the nature of the soul, and the relationship between our mortal, physical incarnation and the immortal soul that inhabits it (as well as an introduction to the role of geometry in philosophical inquiry) in TimaeusMeno. Through your careful reading of the dialogue, be prepared to share with the other members of the colloquium your observations about (1) whether the conversation comes any closer to a definition of virtue (ἀρετή), (2) what is knowledge and how does it differ from opinion or belief, and (3) what is the role of the soul in gaining knowledge and exercising virtue.


November 11
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
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