Special Events – Current Offerings

 

 

Economics Workshop: A CAPITAL IDEA - November 9, 2014

Plato Study Day: SOCRATES ON TRIAL - YOU ARE THERE! *** SOLD OUT *** Nov. 16, 2014

Education of the Soul: The Value of a Philosophic Education - November 22, 2014


All are welcome to attend the School’s special events program, which draws from a broad spectrum of disciplines in the arts and sciences. The programs are organized and presented by senior students in the School who speak from direct experience in seeking to make philosophy practical within their chosen field.

Each event offers good food for the mind, body and spirit and is open to school members, their family, friends, colleagues as well as the general public.

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 ECONOMICS WORKSHOP
A CAPITAL IDEA

Our latest event in the series: 
A Fresh Look at The Economy

Sunday, November 9, 2014
9:00 am to 12:00 noon
12 East 79th Street, N.Y.C.


Classical Economists identify capital as one of the three factors of production-capital, labor and land. They say that it has interest as its appropriate return while labor generates wages, and land generates rent. However, confusion arises over the nature of capital and its role in an economy since we associate interest with borrowing which puts capital on the same footing with borrowing or credit. Including natural and social “capital” under the same umbrella further complicates the picture.

Abraham Lincoln demonstrated a clear grasp of the situation when he said "Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not first existed." Economists’ lack of precision in terminology undermines our understanding of basic economic principles and leads to poor policy choices.

Join our workshop, the next in this ongoing series, when we will attempt to unravel the confusion surrounding capital and provide some clarity on the important part that it plays.

No prior knowledge of economics is necessary to fully participate in this workshop.

Tickets are $15 and may be  purchased here or in person in the Registration Office at 12 East 79th Street (1st floor).  Please call 212-744-0764 for office hours.

Please Note: Special Events tend to sell out quickly; it is suggested that you register well in advance to secure a seat. Lecture and event registrations are non-refundable and not transferable to other events/lectures.

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PLATO STUDY DAY
SOCRATES ON TRIAL -
YOU ARE THERE!


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Sunday, November 16, 2014
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
12 East 79th Street, N.Y.C.


In 399 BC Socrates was tried before more than 500 Athenians in an open amphitheater. How did he behave and what did he say with his life at stake? How does a man of wisdom act in such trying circumstances?

Fortunately for us, Plato’s Apology answers these questions. It presents an accurate recounting of the trial, which beautifully displays Socrates’ views on the nature of courage, the meaning of virtue, and how to live the truly good life.

Join us on Sunday, November 16, as we follow Socrates’ defense—one that is no apology at all, but a tribute to living life dedicated to the care of the soul, discovery of wisdom, and fidelity to truth.  Enjoy the power of group study as we engage in a thoughtful conversation about the meaning of Socrates’ life and teachings.

Family and friends are invited on this trip to Ancient Greece. The fee includes a catered Greek luncheon, wine reception and study materials. Reserve now as space is limited. No prior knowledge of Plato is required.

Date: Sunday, November 16
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (coffee available at 8:30), wine reception 4:00 pm
Fee: $35 includes Study Materials, Refreshments, Greek Lunch, and Wine Reception.

Tickets may be purchased here *** SOLD OUT *** or in person in the Registration Office at 12 East 79th Street (1st floor).  Please call 212-744-0764 for office hours.

Please Note: Special Events tend to sell out quickly; it is suggested that you register well in advance to secure a seat. Lecture and event registrations are non-refundable and not transferable to other events/lectures.

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Education of the Soul:
The Value of
a Philosophic Education

Saturday, November 22, 2014
7:00 pm
12 East 79th Street, N.Y.C.


What might it mean to get an education founded in philosophy? When we consider the way in which each of us was educated, did philosophic inquiry play a part? What are the results of having philosophy “absent” from the schools?

Consider these questions:

• Do we believe that life is ultimately fair? Will a wicked person surely suffer, at least in the long run? If not, why should anyone try to be good?

• Have we ever made a decision that we know was entirely our own and no one’s responsibility but ours?

• Songs and plays say that, “Life is a dream.” Is the statement true? Are we really awake or are we dreaming?

Expanding the view, do such questions have any relevance to the way in which we educate our youth? What philosophic basis, if any, should be made available to the young when faced with finding answers to questions like these? Join us to explore the part that philosophy can play in the education of the whole human being.

Date: Saturday, November 22
Time: 7:00 pm
Fee: $20 which includes refreshments.

Tickets may be purchased here or in person in the Registration Office at 12 East 79th Street (1st floor).  Please call 212-744-0764 for office hours.

Please Note: Special Events tend to sell out quickly; it is suggested that you register well in advance to secure a seat. Lecture and event registrations are non-refundable and not transferable to other events/lectures.

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