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Plato's Cave: Thinking about Climate Change

Does this have lessons for tackling climate change? In clinging to our current way of life and its fossil-fuel infrastructure, are we trapping ourselves in a modern version of Plato’s Cave—and if so, how might we escape?

Plato's Cave: Thinking about Climate Change
Plato's Cave: Thinking about Climate Change

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13 Jun 2024, 18:00

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Part of: The Political Imagination: Ancient Greek Ideas

In The Republic, Plato explores the predicament of the Cave: a passive citizen body, a conniving and self-interested set of sophistic opinion-formers and demagogic political leaders, a systematically misleading and damaging order of political structures and common beliefs and appetites.

Melissa Lane is a Professor of Politics at Princeton University.  Previously she was Senior University Lecturer at Cambridge University in the Faculty of History and Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge.  She studied for her first degree in Social Studies at Harvard University, and then took an MPhil and PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.  She is an author, lecturer and broadcaster who has received major awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and Lucy Shoe Meritt Residency in Classical Studies at the American Academy of Rome. She has published widely in journals and authored or introduced nine major books including Greek and Roman Political Ideas; Eco-Republic; and Of Rule and Office: Plato’s Ideas of the Political.

This FREE event is run by Gresham College in London.  You must regsiter at: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/whats-on/platos-cave

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