Seminar: The Greeks and Modernity, hosted by Michael McGettigan, ABD
Reading assignment: Section 5-7, pp. 46 – 62, “Modernity and Plato,” by Arbogast Schmitt
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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.