The Ides Series: “The Western Classics in Modern China”

Tuesday, 17 November, 4pm, Beckman Auditorium

bartsch_shadi_printShadi Bartsch-Zimmer, the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics at University of Chicago, will speak, sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies. In the space of the past century, Chinese scholars and thinkers have gone from finding our foundational Western texts inspirational to finding them short-sighted, obsessed with rationality, and responsible for the development of capitalism. Plato himself emerges from Chinese scholarship (somewhat unrecognizably) as the founding source of the West’s worship of profit. This talk will investigate the meaning of these developments.

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