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Socrates & Galileo

Aug 27 | Tue | 12PM | $45
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Everything begins in ancient Greece with Socrates (470–399 BCE) who defined a way of thinking that laid the groundwork for Western systems of logic and philosophy. Socratic thinking spread throughout the known world during the time of Alexander the Great. Indeed, every major philosophical school mentioned by ancient writers following Socrates' death was founded by one of his followers. Socrates moved intellectual pursuits into the abstract realm of ethics and morality. And then, nearly 2000 years later in Rome, Galileo (1565-1642 CE) created a binary between looking inward toward metaphysical truth (a metaphorical sun) and adding the notion of looking outward toward the sun itself, moving us from the ancient world—where the earth was the centre of the universe—to the modern world—where the earth became merely a rather small planet revolving around the sun. The ability to distinguish truth from belief is no less important today than it was 2400 years ago, with science vs. religion still locking philosophical horns.

Venue: 92nd Street Y

1395 Lexington Ave Map