Socratic Conversation: Are Americans Too Selfish?
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 09/04/2012
Uploaded: 09/21/2012
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, Socratic Conversations
Tags: American Culture, greed, ME, Selfishness

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Description/Abstract: Inspired by Socrates' famous conversations with his friends in the marketplace of 5th century Athens, we engage in spirited discussions of ideas and issues. Socratic conversations range broadly and probe deeply into the basic challenges of life. They are informed by the latest literature for reference and follow up. While building a sense of community on campus, these meetings enliven the intellectual atmosphere and model dialogue and discussion as modes of inquiry.

Are Americans Too Selfish?, Thursday, 9/27, 4-5pm


Has "Me" eclipsed "We"? Has selfishness run amok?


What inspires YOU to live morally? (Religion? Reason? Tradition? Conscience? Or...?)


What do you see as the state of morality in the U.S. today?


How has advocacy of living morally been used by the political left and the political right?


What is the relationship between living morally, and happiness?


Suggested Reading (optional):

The Good Life: The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World, by Cheryl Mendelson.

The author of this book will speak at the upcoming meeting of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education at the Library on Monday, October 15, at 7pm.

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These highly-participatory conversations with fellow students are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries.

Where: Second Floor Salon
Next session: Thursday, 10/11, Topic: TBA