Allan Bloom’s Lectures on Socrates (Boston College, 1983)

According to “Allan Bloom delivered this talk as part of the series entitled “Philosophic Perspectives” at Boston College in 1983. The series was intended to help teachers of undergraduates in their teaching of those great works that are essential to a liberal education. The series addressed the decline of liberal learning in the Universities, in America especially. In this lecture Bloom discusses the founding of the idea of liberal education, and the meaning of the philosophic life expressed in the example of Socrates. The conflict between Philosophy and the City, or Philosophy and Political Life is explored by way of an interpretation of Plato’s Apology of Socrates.”

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