The Institute of Applied Ethics presents:
The Open Society and two of its enemies or “Plato = Hitler”
Professor David Weinstein (Wake Forest University, USA)
David will join us from the Wake Forest University, USA, as part of our Autumn seminar programme.
David’s talk will be drawn from the chapter on Karl Popper from his book, Jewish Exiles and European Thought in the Shadow of the Third Reich (CUP, 2017), which was co-authored with Avihu Zakai. He will focus on Popper's claim that writing The Open Society and Its Enemies was his "war fighting" effort against Hitler. In one of his lecture notes, Popper writes "Plato = Hitler." Many of Popper's contemporaries in the UK and in the US saw Plato the same way after Hitler came to power. Popper and contemporary scholars saw themselves as explicitly very much engaged in ideological political philosophy and ethics. And is any political philosophy and ethics really anything else when all is said and done?
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