Fall 2023 Intellectual Retreat: Good, True, Beautiful
All undergraduates are invited to participate in this end-of-quarter reflection on perennial questions.
Time & Location
Dec 02, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Private Residence (TBA)
About the Event
All current Stanford undergraduates are invited to join Zephyr for its Fall Quarter intellectual retreat. In this daylong retreat, removed from the stresses and distractions of university life, we will come together as an intellectual community to consider perennial questions about the good, the true, and the beautiful. This event will be hosted at a private residence in the area and led by Prof. Mason Marshall of Pepperdine University. Meals will be provided, as well as ample time between sessions for personal reflection or informal discussion.
Our time together will be structured by three main sessions.
In our first, we will discuss the demands that the moral good places upon us. We will explore this issue by considering the answer of the ancient Stoics, whose stern rigorism has become proverbial: the seriousness of our moral obligations requires that ignore our emotions entirely when deciding how to act, since they can only hinder, rather than help, our ability to meet these obligations. Were they right?
In our second session, we will consider the opposition of rhetoric and philosophy as portrayed by Plato in his Gorgias. Plato portrays this as a conflict between a fundamentally truth-directed art and a manipulative and deceptive knack. Is he correct about this—and, if so, who are today’s philosophers and rhetoricians?
In our final session, we will discuss the beautiful. While some, such as Plato, have viewed the beautiful as something objective and even transcendent, it is more common in our own day to view beauty as something subjective, a matter of mere taste about which there is no point disputing. Are our contemporaries right—or was there something that Plato saw that we are missing?
There is a registration fee of $25 to attend this event. Space is limited. Registration will close once all slots are filled.
Inquiries concerning this event should be directed to Landon Hobbs (email@example.com).
A detailed schedule, together with readings for the retreat, will be posted to this page one month in advance (i.e., November 2nd).
All current Stanford undergraduates are eligible for this event.
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