Seminar: The Greeks and Modernity, hosted by Michael McGettigan, ABD
Reading recommendation: Schmitt 263-276. Why feeling and representation are the real abstractions, and concrete thought is achieved through distinction.
Please finish reading as far as you want pp. 234-262 from the last couple of weeks. We shall open the floor for participants to ask questions and lance into a discussion about any material here that is found interesting or confusing. Once we’ve completed that, we will begin with Chapter 5, pp. 263ff.
If you want out of the cave you will have to lose your attachment to shadows.
For a copy of the reading or if you have questions, please email Michael at email@example.com.
This group will explore the relation to Greek thought and the modern era by looking at texts that view Greek thought as a corrective to the ills of modernity, as well as texts that view modernity as representing true progress over Greek thought. We will first look more closely at Greek thought to distinguish it from popular and widespread misconceptions, thereby comprehending why philosophy exists and what it is supposed to be. Afterwards we will look at authors such as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, Auerbach, Arendt, Strauss, Macintyre and others whose diagnosis of modernity’s shortcomings and virtues are nourished by their respective return to Greek origins.