March 28, 2019

Filip Ivanović Socrates’ Death and Democracy

The lecture will focus on trial of Socrates, accused of spoiling the youth and disrespecting Athenian gods, as described in Plato’s Apology, through clarifying the question whether Socrates was in reality a supporter or an opponent of the democratic constitution. Such dilemma stems from the apparently contradicting behavior of Socrates, who refuses to participate in political deliberation, but stays in Athens until death, and who insists on individual moral integrity, but spends his whole life in constant attempt to ameliorate the community. Finally, the key questions that the lecture will attempt to answer is whether Socrates was a “more authentic” democrat than his democratic fellow citizens, prosecutors, jurors, and judges.

Filip Ivanović was born in 1986 in Podgorica. He holds BA and MA degrees from the Department of Philosophy of the University of Bologna, and a PhD from the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Trondheim. He worked as a research and/or teaching fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and University of Leuven, and spent research stays at the University of Aarhus and Norwegian Institute at Athens. Ivanović is the founder and director of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Podgorica. His publications include monographs Desiring the Beautiful: The Erotic-Aesthetic Dimension of Deification in Dionysius the Areopagite and Maximus the Confessor (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2019) and  (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010), as well as a number of articles and papers in international academic journals and edited volumes.

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