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Lecture at St. John's Explores Plato's "Symposium"
FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2009
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey 410-626-2539
The next Friday night lecture at St. John's College is on Plato's Symposium. Burt Hopkins, professor and chair of the department of philosophy at Seattle University, will speak on "The Unwritten Teachings in Plato's Symposium: Socrates' Initiation into the Arithmos of Eros." The lecture will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, April 3, at 8:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
In his lecture Hopkins will explore Eros and what he describes as "the 'five' discernable 'masks' whose supposition mirrors, in a distorted way, the 'five' greatest kinds articulated in Plato's Sophist."
Hopkins has a special interest in 20th-century European philosophy, Husserl, Heidegger, early modern philosophy, Plato, and philosophy and psychology. Hopkins, who has a doctorate from DePaul University, is an editor for New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy www.noesispress.com/journals.htm and has authored and edited numerous books and articles. His article "Jacob Klein on the Myth of Learning" will be published in the St. John's Review in 2009. Click here for a full description of Hopkins' lecture.