Archive for 28/11/2015

PLATO: The Republic [Book V]

Posted: 28/11/2015 by vequinox in Literature

The Great Conversation

In Book V of Plato’s Republic, Socrates asserts that men and women ought to receive the same education and ought to fulfill the same roles within society. In the context of Ancient Greece, where women are prohibited from receiving an education and participating in business and politics, this is a radical notion. Socrates admits that men and women have different natures, and that different natures ought to have different pursuits. Nevertheless, he concludes that the difference between men and women – primarily physical strength – does not restrict women from participating in society as guardians, laborers, or even soldiers. Furthermore, it is in the best interest of the State for both the men and the women to be as good as possible; and therefore, both the men and the women must be educated.

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Gustave Le Bon: The Crowd

Posted: 28/11/2015 by vequinox in Literature

The Great Conversation

In his 1895 treatise titled, Psychology of Crowds, the French sociologist Gustave Le Bon asserts, “An individual in a crowd is a grain of sand amid other grains of sand, which the wind stirs up at will.” Crowd psychology is a relatively new science, and Le Bon is one of its first scholars. In this video, we will discuss Le Bon’s thoughts regarding crowd psychology, and we will also interpret a few modern mass movements through the lens of Le Bon’s work.

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Fredric Jameson: Third-World Literature

Posted: 28/11/2015 by vequinox in Literature

Richard Sieburth, “signs in action”.

Posted: 28/11/2015 by vequinox in Literature

Allen Ginsberg, ” The Lion For Real “.

Posted: 28/11/2015 by vequinox in Literature