Events

Oct 12

2021 Nuveen Lecture by Agnes Callard

4:30PM

Agnes Callard, Associate Professor in Philosophy, will deliver the 2021 Nuveen Lecture in the Divinity School. Her lecture is entitled "Socratic Politics"

How do people who disagree manage to live peacefully together? Authority, tolerance, majoritarianism and persuasion are some mechanisms for the management of political disagreement; Socrates expresses opposition to each of them. One might conclude that Socrates was apolitical or anti-political, but he also claims to be "the one true politician" in Athens. What would Socratic politics look like today?

Professor Agnes Callard’s primary areas of specialization are ancient philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of action. Her lecture, “Socratic Politics,” will engage the issue of how people who disagree manage to live peacefully together. Authority, tolerance, majoritarianism and persuasion are some mechanisms for the management of political disagreement; Socrates expresses opposition to each of them. One might conclude that Socrates was apolitical or anti-political, but he also claims to be "the one true politician" in Athens. What would Socratic politics look like today?

A widely published academic writer, Professor Callard is also interested in public philosophy. She is a monthly columnist for The Point magazine and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. A frequent commentator on podcasts and sought-after interview guest, she is also the host of the popular Night Owls series, which features faculty-led, late-night conversations each year on arcane philosophical topics. Callard’s first book, Aspiration: the Agency of Becoming (OUP, 2018) was about how we come to value new things. In it, Prof. Callard argues that such fundamental personal transformations as becoming a parent, acquiring a passion for classical music, or becoming a patriot of one’s adopted homeland can be understood as governed by a rational process of self-creation. On Anger (MIT Press, 2020), which she both edited and wrote the lead article for, was selected as one of the best books of 2020 by The New Yorker.

Date: October 12, 2021
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

See: https://divinity.uchicago.edu/nuveen-2021