Plato and the American Experiment


Upon leaving Independence Hall in Philadelphia at the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

The question today is “Can we keep it?” Our founders often spoke of America as an experiment in limited self-government that depended upon an educated, well-informed public to succeed. The city-states of ancient Greece were no stranger to the divisions and unrest we are seeing in America today, and Plato and his teacher, Socrates, examined the vital questions of wisdom, ignorance, good and bad government, through the lives of the Athenian citizenry.

Come join us for an exploration of the American experiment in the light of classical Greek philosophy.

DATE:    Saturday, March 9, 2019
TIME:    7:00 PM
FEE:     $25.00 which includes light refreshments

Tickets are available by clicking here or by visiting the Registration Office on the 1st Floor of 12 East 79th Street, New York NY 10075.

SPECIAL NOTE: Special events tend to sell out quickly; it is suggested that you register well in advance to secure a seat.