Many of the basic concepts of our present political, scientific and aesthetic world orientation have their origins in ancient Greek thought. While the ancient Greeks never acted as a longstanding political superpower, as the Romans did through their Empire, they are still influential and skillful masters of orientation: through their myths, literature, and philosophy, they continue to resonate in our contemporary lives as we navigate questions of how we understand our world, ourselves, and others.
 
In this seminar, we will engage in close readings with different genres of text – such as aphorism, epic, dialogue, drama, treatise – to examine characteristic forms and worlds of orientation in ancient Greek writers like Homer, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Sophocles, Plato and Aristotle, and thereby use the framework of Werner Stegmaier’s philosophy of orientation.
 
Weekly meetings will take place on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (US Central Time) beginning on February 02, 2023. There will be 8 seminar sessions. The seminar is free. Please apply by January 29, 2023, via email. For more information, check out our seminars page here.