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The Tyranny of Democracy

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It is time to dust off some of Plato’s excellent work and see how we can understand the currents of our time.

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The Tyranny of Democracy

On the dangers of democracy and political rhetoric.

When pearls from the past are dusted off, they shine as bright as ever before. Especially when they give light in the darkness. This certainly goes for the works of Plato, whose philosophical analyses, voiced in his Dialogues, are not only sharp and insightful but also explanatory for some of the mechanisms that we see at work today.

It is not a long shot to say that modern day democracy has some issues that threaten its very existence. One way to analyse them is to focus on the thriving of political rhetoric in combination with a value system that is based on appetite, hedonism and personal gain; a cocktail that is prone to produce leaders that have tyrannical character traits and a people that, without nuance, acts on the basis of gut feelings.

Plato did analyse the democracy of his days in these terms and laid bare the tyranny to which democracy would give rise. His discussion of how political rhetoric – when deployed by people who serve their own good and appeal to ‘the beast’ in mankind – leads to democracy’s demise, might also shed some light in our darkness and provide us with insights into what feeds the mechanism that we confront today.

Therefore, it is time to dust off some of Plato’s excellent work and see how we can understand the currents of our time. In order to do so, we have invited two leading scholars regarding this topic in the field of Plato studies, who will give us food for further thought.

is time to dust off some of Plato’s excellent work and see how we can understand the currents of our time.

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Cinzia Arruzza is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. Cinzia’s fields of research concern, amongst others, the political thought of Plato, Marxism and feminist theory. In her recent studies she focussed on the tyrant in Plato’s Republic.

Franco Trivigno is Professor in Philosophy at the University of Oslo. Franco’s research primarily concerns the role of dramatic performances in dealing with virtue and the relation thereof with the psychology of violence within the philosophical works of Plato.

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Date: 29th of November

Doors open at 19:30

Start event at 20:00 sharp

Location: Stichting de Roos P.C. Hooftstraat 183 1071 BW Amsterdam

Tickets available online € 6,50. At the door: € 7,50.

Students: free. Ticket registration obliged.

Initiated by Philosophy department, VU University, Amsterdam

Made possible by CLUE+ and CJ de Vogelstichting

Text by Simon Valkering

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