The Cogs of the Ideal City: A New Reading of Civic Ethics in the Platonic Corpus by Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides (Macquarie University) - IPT Webinar Spring 2023

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February 25, 2023 to March 18, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Classical Studies, Humanities, Intellectual History, Philosophy, Political History / Studies

Dear colleagues, 

The Institute of Philosophy and Technology is very pleased to announce the following webinar by Professor Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides (Macquarie University)

The Cogs of the Ideal City
A New Reading of Civic Ethics in the Platonic Corpus

This is a series of four workshops on civic ethics in Plato. Beyond a description of legal status, Plato appreciates citizenship as a manifestation of human consciousness. Thus, across his dialogues, but mainly in the Republic and the Laws, he employs civic ethics to articulate our position in the cosmos, here and there, now and then, and to negotiate our telos in both historical and metaphysical terms. Civic virtue is second only to philosophical insight, the privilege of which belongs to inspired leaders. In this context, we will study two famous Platonic metaphors about cultivating the civic mindset: shared music and drink aesthetics (Workshops 1 and 2) are paramount in the ideal city because they enable citizens to develop self-awareness through culturally specific ways. To foster social cohesion, Plato also rehabilitates traditional literary and rhetorical tropes in his dialogues; the myth of the Golden Age which appears in the Republic but also the Laws and famously the Statesman (Workshops 3 and 4) enables communities to envision their role in history under the type of leadership that will align them with the divine law, away from history’s transient nature. Thus, Plato’s totalitarianism can be understood (though not excused) as an attempt to escape historical failure by prescribing a collective different state of consciousness. The accommodation of these ideas in early Christianity will also be discussed at the conclusion of each workshop.

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Coordinator: Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides (

Seminar sessions

Workshop 1: Plato on Social Harmony and Musical Education

Workshop 2: Plato on Drinking and Civic Consciousness

Workshop 3: Plato on History and the Golden Age

Workshop 4: Leadership, Rhetoric, and Platonic Notions of the Social Contract

Duration: 4 weeks (6 hours)

Meetings: Saturdays, 11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. (Greece time) (4 sessions: 25/2, 4/3, 11/3, 18/3)

Place: Online (MS Teams)

Deadline for Applications: 20 February 2023

Webinar Fee: €60

A certificate of attendance will be provided upon request to all registered participants 

Video recording will be available to registered participants 

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