WHAT: The Dean’s Lecture Series
WHERE: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College
WHEN: Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m.
TITLE: The Ancient Conflict between Poetry and Philosophy: Created by Plato, Resolved by Wittgenstein
WHO: Howard Zeiderman, St. John’s College, Annapolis
CONTACT: 984-6000 (St. John’s Switchboard)
DETAILS: This event is free of charge and open to the public.
Ever since Plato described and perhaps created the struggle between Poetry and Philosophy, they have battled for the possession of truth. In his lecture Zeiderman explores how two works by Wittgenstein point to a possible resolution to the struggle we face in resolving this opposition. Wittgenstein directly confronted the relation between Philosophy and Poetry in the Tractatus and then reconsidered his conclusions in Philosophical Investigations. While these are flawed attempts, the works do carry within them suggestions for how we can reconcile our needs for philosophy and poetry. No familiarity with either of Wittgenstein’s works is needed to follow the talk.
Howard Zeiderman graduated from St. John’s College, Annapolis, and did his graduate work in philosophy at Princeton. In 1973, he joined the faculty of St. John’s at the Santa Fe campus and after three years moved over to Annapolis where he continues to teach. He is the principal creator of the Touchstones Discussion Project (TDP), which implements a seminar program in schools and communities—from civic groups to senior citizens to prisons—worldwide. The mission of TDP is to help students and adults overcome passivity and develop new cognitive approaches commensurate with an emerging globalized world. Currently, Zeiderman is conducting an extended program for senior analysts at the CIA and this summer will conduct a program in Tanzania for that country’s government ministers and leaders in their private sector.