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Master Class on "Plato's Leaky Myths: How the Erotic Dialogues use Plato's Literary Predecessors"

Nov 17 2017 2—5pm
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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David O'Connor

University of Notre Dame

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Registration Required. Open to current students and faculty.

This seminar will look at striking examples of how in the Symposium and Phaedrus Plato read and re-wrote the myths available in the literary culture of his time. We will be especially interested in how the literary templates that seem to underlie the dialogues complicate their surface "doctrine".

SCHEDULE

1:30pm   Coffee & Pastries
2:00pm   Session I
3:25pm   Break
3:35pm   Session II
5:00pm   End, wine and cheese reception


David K. O’Connor is a faculty member in the departments of Philosophy and of Classics at the University of Notre Dame. His teaching and writing focus on ancient philosophy, aesthetics, ethics and politics, and philosophy of religion. Dr. O’Connor's online lectures on love and sexuality have reached a wide international audience, and are the basis of his two recent books, Love is Barefoot Philosophy (in Chinese translation, 2014) and Plato’s Bedroom: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love (2015). He has also published extensively on the relation between philosophy, art, and literature, in both the ancient and the modern world.