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Sat, Mar 11



How Can We Save Rational Discourse: Philosophy & Politics

Society is in dire need of reestablishing civility in political discussions. Join us as we share insights as to how!

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How Can We Save Rational Discourse: Philosophy & Politics
How Can We Save Rational Discourse: Philosophy & Politics

Time & Location

Mar 11, 2023, 12:00 PM – Mar 12, 2023, 2:30 PM


About the event

Philosophy and Politics

Can we save civility and rational discourse?

We are living in a time of extreme polarization... and it looks like the divide is only increasing. This can have disastrous results, as history can attest to, but what can we do to save civility and rational discourse? How can philosophy operate in politics, both for the leaders and the rest of us?

This March 11th, Plato's Academy Centre, a non-profit dedicated to the restoration of Plato's Academy in order to preserve our shared history, will bring together some of the greatest minds that both actively participate and contemplate the need for civility and discourse.

This is free, but you can also donate and help support our efforts to restore Plato's Academy in Athens.

Book Giveaway: Register in advance for this event and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a signed copy of Tom Morris’ book The Everyday Patriot: How to be a Great American Now!

NB: Details of this event are still being confirmed but you may register now to save your place.

When you register you'll have the option to donate an amount of your choosing. Although you can choose to donate nothing, and attend completely free, a donation of 30 euros or above would be greatly appreciated, as it helps the Plato's Academy Centre nonprofit to continue organizing events like this in the future. * Not available or in a different time zone? Don't worry as recordings will be provided afterwards if you book your tickets now.

What's it all about?

We bring together a special program of world-class thinkers and renowned authors for an exclusive online event that you absolutely won't want to miss.

Each speaker will share with you their knowledge and captivating insights into philosophy and politics, including real life examples, practical advice, and effective strategies for a return to rational and civil discourse.

  1. Civic Friendship & Politics as an Act of Love, Spencer Klavan, author of How to Save the West: Ancient Wisdom for Five Modern Crises, associate editor at the Claremont Institute, host ofWestern Civilization podcast with the Daily Wire.
  2. Stoicism and the Friend-Enemy Distinction, Pat McGeehan, member of the West Virginia House of Delegates (US), author of Stoicism and the Statehouse
  3. Stoicism, the Enlightenment, Self-Othering, and Civility, Prof. Matthew Sharpe, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Deakin University, author of Stoicism, Bullying, and Beyond, The Other Enlightenment: Self-estrangement, Race, and Gender; series coeditor, Thinkers and Politics.
  4. TBC, Dr. Kai Whiting, Postdoctoral Researcher, Université catholique de Louvain, author of Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In.
  5. Save Yourself, Save Your City, Diane Kalen-Sukra, founder of the Kalen Academy civic leadership academy, author of Save Your City: How Toxic Culture Kills Community & What to Do About It
  6. TBC, Dr. Tom Morris, author of The Stoic Art of Living and The Everyday Patriot , Chairman, Morris Institute for Human Values
  7. Solon of Athens on the Art of Positive-Sum Negotiation, Josiah Ober, American historian of ancient Greece and classical political theorist, Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Professor in honor of Constantine Mitsotakis, and professor of classics and political science, at Stanford University.
  8. Panel: Stoicism, Civility, and Politics, hosted by Anya Leonard.  Panel includes: Justin Stead, Entrepreneur & Investor, CEO Radley London, Founder of Aurelius Foundation; Mick Mulroy, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for the Middle East. Senior Fellow for National Security and Defense Policy with the Middle East Institute, an Analyst for ABC News, and co-founder of the Lobo Institute; Alexandra O. Hudson, author of The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves, founder of Civic Renaissance
  9. Keynote: Rt Hon. Lord David Owen, co-founder of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), member of the House of Lords, author of The Hubris Syndrome: Bush, Blair and The Intoxication of Power andRiddle, Mystery and Enigma. Two Hundred Years of British-Russian Relations

NB: Details may be subject to change without prior notification.

Who will be hosting?

Our hosts will be Donald Robertson, the president of the Plato's Academy Centre, and Anya Leonard, the founder and director of the Classical Wisdom website.

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