The Fall from our Ancient Nature: Platos Aristophanic Speech on Eros and the Biblical Story of Adam and Eve

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Philosophy - Lecture/Discussion

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Suggested Audiences: College, Adult, Elders
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Assumption College
Testa Science Center, Fuller Auditorium 006
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: Assumption College Ecumenical Institute
Description: Speaker: Dr. Ronna Burger, Catherine & Henry J. Gaisman Chair,Sizeler Professor of Jewish Studies
Tulane University

The two roots of the Western tradition, Bible and Greek philosophy, can be seen in two texts, neither originally known to the other, that each account for the human condition through the story of a fall. More specifically, both speak of a divine punishment for a criminal deed by our ancestors, the primordial human beings. One is the speech on eros that Plato puts into the mouth of the comic poet Aristophanes in the Symposium, the other the account of man and woman formed out of the original human being in the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis. What do these two texts tell us about Athens and Jerusalem as the dual source of our tradition?
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