Carthage College: The Philosophic Feminine in Plato’s Republic

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Western Heritage Program: “The Philosophic Feminine in Plato’s Republic


On October 24, 2019, the Western Heritage Program at Carthage College will be hosting JMC fellow Charlotte Thomas for a lecture on the role of women in Plato’s Republic.

In Book IV of Plato’s Republic, Socrates considers the role of women and children. Socrates calls this new inquiry, which dominates the central books of the Republic, the Female Drama. This inquiry is a departure from the conversation about the city and the soul (in Books II – IV and Books and Books VIII and IX of the Republic). It is tricky to find Plato’s teaching for moral psychology in the middle books of the Republic, especially Books V and VI, but this is exactly what Professor Thomas is going to try to do.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 • 4:15 PM
Niemann Media Theater • Carthage College

Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

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Charlotte ThomasCharlotte Thomas is a Professor of Philosophy and the Co-Director of The Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles at Mercer University. Her philosophical interests include Ancient Political Philosophy, Philosophy and the Arts, and Classical Liberalism. She mainly teaches History of Philosophy, Ethics, and Great Books on campus, and she has directed Philosophy and Art study abroad programs since 2000. As the co-director of The Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles, she leads faculty/student reading groups, organizes lectures, conferences, and summer workshops, and directs study abroad opportunities for high school teachers interested in developing their use of primary texts and seminar pedagogies.  Currently, her research focuses on the middle books of Plato’s Republic.

Professor Thomas is a JMC fellow.

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The Western Heritage Program at Carthage College provides students with a level of competency that will aid them in all of their classes at Carthage, and in their future careers. Students develop critical reading, writing, cultural literacy and oral communication skills. The West marks an intellectual tradition of active dialogue among literary, scientific, philosophical, political, and spiritual thinkers, ancient and modern, who have seen themselves as part of a shared intellectual tradition. Western Heritage seminars ask students to participate in this ongoing scholarly journey. In each seminar, students are called upon to discuss intensely, write engagingly, and articulate clearly their thoughts through critical essays and conversations in dialogue with one another and with the texts of the course.

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