The Ideal Society | John McWhorter, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
It is common to suppose that modern society has detoured in some crucial aspect (or aspects). However, it is difficult to visualize what a more successful model of society could be.
Join Professor John McWhorter — an academic, linguist and teacher in the Core — to examine the prescriptions of various thinkers over the past two thousand-plus years, to both assess whether we have progressed beyond their ideas and whether we find their ideas still include constructive counsel for our modern moment. Readings will include Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, and Fanon.
Tickets: $160 for three evenings
($100 for Young Alumni in class years 2008-2017)
DATES & TIMES
Wednesday, March 28
Wednesday, April 11
Wednesday, April 25
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
450 Park Avenue, 28th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Session 1: The purpose of government (Wednesday, March 28)
- Plato, The Republic (Hackett), pp. 186-212
- Hobbes, Leviathan (Oxford), pp. 82-6, 123-7
Session 2: The communal versus the individual (Wednesday, April 11)
- Locke, Second Treatise of Government (Political Writings, Wootton,ed., Hackett), pp. 261-9
- Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (Grove), pp. 1-14
Session 3: The nature of progress (Wednesday, April 25)
- Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (The Basic Political Writings, Hackett), pp. 69-80
- Mill, On Liberty (On Liberty, Utilitarianism, and Other Essays, Oxford), pp. 35-51