Socratic Conversation: Love Now, Thursday, 2/14, 4-5pm

Thursday, 2/14, 4-5pm

LOVE was the subject at Socrates' most charming conversation, at the home of his dear friend Agathon, accompanied by plenteous wine and flirting, as portrayed in the Platonic Dialogue "The Symposium". Down the ages ever since, lively-minded and passionate people have found this subject deliciously discussable - and when better than on this day! What are YOUR experiences and reflections on such questions as:
  • What does Love mean to YOU?
  • Is Love different for men and for women?
  • Is Love "natural" - or "socially constructed"?
  • Is the word "Love" really useful -- or confusing?
  • Does the meaning of Love change as we grow?
  • What have you learned about loving wisely and well?
Suggested optional readings: About Love, by Robert C. Solomon; Philosophies of Love, edited by David L. Norton & Mary F. Kille; The Art of Loving, by Eric Fromm; Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert; and Why We Love, by Helen Fisher Where: Second Floor Salon Next session: Thursday, 3/28, Topic: TBA ** 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. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries. 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. Ron Gross has been honored for lifetime achievement in the field of lifelong learning, as the 2013 recipient of the Malcolm S. Knowles Memorial Award of the International Society for Self-Directed Learning. Gross will receive the Award at the Society's 27th annual Symposium, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, on February 8, 2013. For more information be sure to read the congratulatory article on

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