Dec 6: (Post-)Modern Platos


On December 6, Bard College Berlin is pleased to present a panel discussion devoted to the theme "(Post-)Modern Platos." Our extension of a semester-long engagement with Plato’s Republic as a “text for today” borrows its title from Catherine Zuckert’s Postmodern Platos.

This book, in many ways encapsulates—or at least prefigures—our conversation about why a number of thinkers in the second half of the nineteenth century, especially Nietzsche, demanded an explicit return to Plato and the various and contradictory ways this return to Plato shaped the work of a number of major figures in twentieth century (especially so-called "Continental") philosophy, beginning with Heidegger and including Arendt, Derrida, Gadamer, and Strauss. While diverging from many of Zuckert’s arguments, our panel seeks to underline and extend her main claim that each of the authors under discussion "convinced that modern rationalism had exhausted its possibilities, all turned to Plato in order to rediscover the original character of philosophy and to reconceive the Western tradition as a whole.”

Participants:
Claudia Baracchi (University of Milano-Bicocca)
Jeffrey Champlin (Barenboim-Said Akademie)
Tracy Colony (Bard College Berlin)
Michael Weinman (Bard College Berlin)

Moderator:
Ewa Atanassow (Bard College Berlin)

Organized by Bard College Berlin in the frame of the program "Plato Goes Live" / 'Eine Uni - ein Buch' supported by the Stifterverband and the Klaus Tschira Foundation in cooperation with DIE ZEIT

Time: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 7:00pm
Venue: Bard College Berlin, Lecture Hall
Platanenstrasse 98a, 13156 Berlin (map)
Admission free