A workshop based on Geoff Lehman’s and Michael Weinman’s The Parthenon and Liberal Education (2018) will take place at UChicago this April.
Here’s the book precis.
Here’s the poster.
Date: Monday April 15th, 2019, 9.30am-7pm. Location: Classics 110 (Sessions 1 and 2) and Classics 21 (Session 3)
The book connects Plato’s Republic and Timaeus, as well as the architecture of the Parthenon through their shared reception of Pythagorean thought (in turn inspired by Near Eastern mathematics). Lehman and Weinman find in these three instances of classical culture both a theoretical account and physical embodiment of an idea of liberal arts education that ‘unites the problem-based knowledge procedures of mathematical technai with the theoretical reflection of philosophy.’ They challenge us to inquire anew into the place of the exact sciences in a liberal arts curriculum.