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Lecture at St. John's College on Plato Dialogue
FOR RELEASE: November 6, 2008
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey 410-626-2539
Plato's Charmides is the subject of the next Friday night lecture at St. John's College. Tutor Alan Pichanick will give the lecture entitled "Sôphrosunê as Whole Mindedness: Socratic Self-Knowledge in Plato's Charmides," which will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, November 21, at 8:15 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
In his lecture Pichanick will explore Plato's dialogue Charmides to untangle Socrates' slippery search for the elusive virtue "Sôphrosunê", a Greek word that is most commonly translated as "moderation". In the dialogue there are four ideas whose relation to each other needs to be properly understood. These are: Knowledge of Ignorance, Knowledge of the Whole, Self-Knowledge, and Knowledge of the Good. "I will tie these four ideas together by exploring Socrates' discussion of the 'hysician of the soul' and the nature of 'eros,'" says Pichanick.
Pichanick, a graduate of St. John's College, received his doctorate from the Committee on Social Thought and Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago.He joined St. John's as a tutor in 2006.