Wednesday, 3 March 2010

‘Visions of the good society’ – R.S.A. lecture

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:


1 comment:

Sarah Rees Jones said...

This looks great. Not sure I will be able to listen at 13.00 but with luck will be able to download later.

The other project on the RSA site - for example about the 'social brain' look interesting too.