At 13:00, on Thursday 4 March, W. G. Runciman, fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, is giving a lecture to the R.S.A.on ‘the good society’.
Considering Plato's Republic, Hobbes' Leviathan, and Marx's Communist Manifesto, Runciman will be examining these writers’ visions of the good society.
Runciman will argue that all three were irredeemably naive in their assumptions about how human societies function and evolve, and how human behaviour could be changed.
Yet despite this, Runciman insists that Republic, Leviathan, and The Communist Manifesto remain great books. Born of righteous anger and frustration, they are masterfully eloquent pleas for better worlds.
You can listen to this event live at 13:00, at the following web address: