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Tuesday, December 6 • 2:45pm - 3:05pm
Socrates Sowing The Seeds Of Environmental Philosophy

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I will argue that Socrates planted the seeds for later philosophers on environmentalism. In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates denies interest in the natural world by stating “I am a lover of knowledge, and the men who dwell in the city are my teachers, and not the trees or the country.” However, a closer look in Plato’s other works reveals Socrates studying the role of the natural world in the life of humans. I will argue that Plato’s apparent aversion to Socrates’ interest in nature is in response to Aristophanes’ The Clouds and the prejudice claims against him in the Plato's Apology of Socrates. I will study Plato’s Apology of Socrates, Republic, and Timaeus. The Timaeus reveals that Plato does write about the natural world’s effect on the life of humans. While Plato includes Socrates in this dialogue he does not make him the main speaker on humans’ relationship with the natural world. Contemporary environmentalism is not evident in the Socratics, including Plato. However early thoughts from Socrates and Plato reveal how both of them believe humans today, should live in balance with nature.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 2:45pm - 3:05pm
237 Owen Hall

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