1 Nov 2007

Pharos Lecture: November 26, 2007

Socratic Religion

Professor Mark McPherran
SFU Department of Philosophy

Socrates is acknowledged to be the founder of ethics as a disciplinary area of Western Philosophy (and the chief exponent of the notorious Socratic Method). But it is also common for modern readers -- in view of Socrates’ trial and death on a charge of impiety -- to underplay the idea that he was a religious as well as a rational thinker. Our texts, however, indicate that Socrates reshaped and did not reject the religious conventions of his own time in the service of establishing the new enterprise of Philosophy. The direct legacy of that project is the rational theology of Plato, the Stoics, Christianity, and Islam. This talk offers a sketch of religion of Socrates and its influences.

Mark McPherran, Chair of the SFU Dept. of Philosophy, specializes in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Ancient Greek Religion, Philosophy of Religion, and the History of Ethics and is the author of The Religion of Socrates (Pennsylvania State University Press; 1996)

Monday 26 November 2007
Upper Hall, Hellenic Community Centre
4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

Time: 8:00 pm