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Thursday, February 23 • 10:20am - 11:20am
Social Justice in the New Republic: Plato, Machiavelli, and Catholic Social Justice

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Plato’s Republic, a seminal philosophical and political text, delves into the nature of Justice, arguing states and their social structures ought to be ordered by this cardinal virtue. The individual’s quest for knowledge and virtue goes hand-in-hand with social good. Machiavelli’s The Prince, famously rejects Plato’s notion of Justice and radically redefines virtue as the cunning, callous, and calculating guidelines necessary for people in power to stay in power. Machiavelli’s New Republic, founded on pragmatic realism and effectual truth has at its center the individual (uno solo), one who spurns lofty idealism while also extolling the benefits of justice, albeit in recalibrated form. This New Republic has not only become the dominant template for modern state craft but individualism as well. This talk seeks to unfurl these vying visions of how republics engage social justice while also making connections to the Biblical vision of Justice and Virtue. More specifically, it provides educators with an outline of the principles of Catholic teaching on Social Justice and considers the ancient, modern and contemporary articulations of justice along with its role in ordering political and social structures.


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2909C
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