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17:30 - 19:15 6 January 2016

Plato on becoming virtuous


Room 828 | Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Mark Jonas, Wheaton College, Illinois

This paper introduces an interpretation of Plato’s theory of moral education. Professor Mark Jonas's will explore how Plato’s dialogues are full of insights regarding aesthetics, metaphysics, and epistemology, Plato is first and foremost a moral educator who seeks to improve the moral character of his peers and future readers. Professor Jonas will explain Plato's theory and why Plato believed it to be the most effective approach to cultivating the virtues in human beings who were not given a proper ethical education in their youth. Plato believed that the vast majority of his readers were people who did not have a proper virtuous upbringing and is therefore convinced that without intervention these individuals will likely become less virtuous as time goes on. Plato wanted to arrest this process and believed that he could help his readers become virtuous and as a result his dialogues were written with this goal in mind.


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