University of West Florida: A New Perspective on the Meaning of Platonic Political Philosophy

University of West Florida: “Plato’s Letters as Epistolary Novel: A New Perspective on the Meaning of Platonic Political Philosophy”


On April 26th, 2021, JMC fellow Ariel Helfer will speak for the University of West Florida’s Reubin O’D. Askew Department of Government on the Letters of Plato.

Following the well-received Socrates and Alcibiades: Plato’s Drama of Political Ambition (U. Penn Press, 2017) Dr. Helfer has now undertaken a study of the often-neglected Letters of Plato. Join us for a discussion of his new translation and commentary on the work, after which he will field questions from the audience.

Monday, April 26, 2021 • 6:00 PM CDT
A virtual lecture through Zoom

Free and open to the public

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Ariel HelferAriel Helfer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University. Professor Helfer’s research focuses on the history of political philosophy with emphasis on ancient Greek philosophy, and his teaching covers a broad range of topics in the history of political thought. His current research project is a book on Plato’s Letters, which will include a new English translation as well as a commentary that will argue for reading the Letters as a unified work of Platonic political philosophy.

Professor Helfer is a JMC fellow.

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The Reubin O’D. Askew Department of Government at the University of West Florida offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science, Political Science Pre-Law, and International Studies. The department offers Masters of Arts degrees in Political Science and International Affairs. Students may also acquire minors in the respective areas of studies as well as a minor in Spanish.

Departmental programs challenge students to become informed citizens of both their community and larger world as they apply theoretical and empirical knowledge to better understand contemporary issues. Students gain skills that today’s job market demands in critical thinking, analysis, clear communication of ideas, and problem-solving through our programs.

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