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ok, boomer: can the ancients tell us anything about today?

March 20, 2021

In our second workshop, six folks from Philosophy Twitter explored whether, and how, ancient philosophy can help us address contemporary problems.

workshop  schedule


Lindsay Hachey

Sophistry and Bullshit

I compare Harry Frankfurt's Bullshitter ('On Bullshit') to various forms of lying and sophistry across a few Platonic dialogues (Phaedrus, Republic, Gorgias). Mostly because I want to say 'bullshit' a lot. and also because bullshit is a problem.

with comments by


Thomas Bonn (aka Mr. Jackpots)

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8:00am-9:00am PST · Mar 20 · Zoom Room A



Cassie Finley

What is Time if Not Change Persevering

What is time? Aristotle has an answer that doesn’t fit into the modern philosophy of time framework, which is a good thing! The modern framework rests on a mistaken distinction between the A & B series. Studying the history of philosophy helps identify the limits of our context.


Kristopher Phillips


with comments by

8:00am-9:00am PST · Mar 20 · Zoom Room B


8:30am-9:30am PST



Laura Nelson

A Boomer Responds: Why Republic II Still Matters

This Boomer is going to argue that Plato's Republic II sets the stage for pretty much all Western Moral theory. Plus: Glaucon's argument is not just a re-statement of Thrasymachus'.

10:30am-11:30am PST · Mar 20 · Plato Room 


A.G. Holdier

On Useless Wights: An Aristotelian Critique of Fake News

Could a conspiracy theorist be virtuous by *trying* to "save the children," even though the conspiracy theory is false? Aristotle says: "No; in fact, they might be culpable for their ignorance."

10:30am-11:30am PST · Mar 20 · Aristotle Room


Mary Townsend

10:00am-11:00am PST

Socrates and the Love of Money

Socrates doesn't say we should eat the rich, but he does say they're worthless. Strong words, and it might be personal: Socrates' own life is built around his poverty, and the poverty of his philosopher-kings. Does our emblem of cold rationality feel contempt for the rich?

10:30am-11:30am PST · Mar 20 · Socrates Room


10:30am-11:30am PST

"coffee hour"


Fabien Cayer

Rhetoric and Responsibility in Plato's Clitophon

Plato's Clitophon is a largely neglected dialogue. But in it, Plato illustrates why he does not live a Socratic life. Through Clitophon's interaction with Socrates, Plato shows that Socratic protreptic is irresponsible. Plato wishes instead to pursue justice justly.

1:00pm-3:00pm PST · Jan 30 · Zoom Room A


1:00pm-3:00pm PST

"colloquium" session

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Zoom links will be made available via email upon registration. 
We'll also be live streaming on YouTube!
Check back here on the day of the workshop for the streaming link, or follow us on Twitter (@CogtweetoSeries) for updates.
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