Delve Winter 2019 – Plato’s Phaedrus: Love, Truth And The Power Of Speech


Delve Winter 2019 – Plato’s Phaedrus: Love, Truth And The Power Of Speech


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Plato’s Phaedrus: Love, Truth And The Power Of Speech

Sundays, January 13-27, 2019 (three sessions)
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Guide: Monica Vilhauer, Tuition: $125

Speech has the power to transform the soul. It can reveal, enlighten, and heal. Or it can deceive, manipulate, and defile. In Plato’s Phaedrus dialogue, Socrates is in a battle for Phaedrus’ soul as he attempts to show Phaedrus the difference between the true love of a friend and the false love of a manipulator. This seminar explores the intimate connection of speech and love, and their relevance in our personal and political lives. This seminar accompanies Plato’s Symposium (see Fall 2018), but may also be taken as a stand-alone.

Reading List: The Symposium and the Phaedrus: Plato’s Erotic Dialogues (trans. William S. Cobb, SUNY Press)


Monica Vilhauer earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. After a decade of teaching philosophy in college classrooms, Monica founded Curious Soul Philosophy, a Portland-based business offering workshops that emphasize the practical value of philosophy for everyday life. Monica’s specialties are in ethics, social-political philosophy, existentialism, feminism, and the philosophy of communication.