On Friday January 20th, Dr. Robert Mayhew will be speaking at the University of Colorado at Boulder on “The Rise and Fall of Ancient Greek Justice: Homer to the Sermon on the Mount.” (Yes, that is his fantastic talk from 2005 OCON that will not be offered for sale!)
- Date: January 20th, 2005
- Time: 7:30 pm
- Location: Math 100, University of Colorado at Boulder
Dr. Mayhew on “The Rise and Fall of Ancient Greek Justice: Homer to the Sermon on the Mount”:
The traditional ancient Greek conception of justice is best captured by the idea of helping friends and harming enemies. This conception of justice is improved by later thinkers (like Aeschylus), reaches its climax in Aristotle’s moral philosophy–and is utterly rejected by Jesus, who told the pagan world: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.” This lecture surveys this history, covering (in addition to the above mentioned figures): the Sophists, Aristophanes, Euripides and Plato. Throughout, Dr. Mayhew will underscore the contemporary relevance of the clash between Greek justice and the Christian alternative.
Then, on Saturday January 21st, Dr. Mayhew will be speaking to FROST on “Humor in The Fountainhead” in Arvada, Colorado. (That’s a northern suburb of Denver.)
- Date: January 21, 2006
- Time: 6:00 pm (Social Hour), 7:00 pm (Buffet Dinner), 8:00 pm (Lecture and Q&A)
- Location: West Woods Golf Club, 6655 Quaker Street in Arvada, Colorado
- RSVP: Please RSVP by January 18th to Lin Zinser at [email protected] or 303.431.2525. Mail check to FROST to 8700 Dover Court, Arvada, CO 80005.
- Cost: $50 for dinner and lecture ($30 for students)
Dr. Mayhew on “Humor in The Fountainhead“:
Ayn Rand said that humor did not play a major role in her novels nor in the lives of her heroes. This is certainly true of The Fountainhead, an earnest work of reverence for man the hero. There are, however, humorous touches in most of Ayn Rand’s fiction–including The Fountainhead, her most satirical novel. In this lecture, Dr. Mayhew will examine the nature and role of humor in The Fountainhead, and why humor is more prevalent in this novel than in Atlas Shrugged. (Some of this material has appeared elsewhere, but most of it is presented here for the first time.)
For those unfamiliar with all the fabulous works of Robert Mayhew:
Dr. Mayhew is Professor of Philosophy at Seton Hall University. He is the author of Aristotle’s Criticism of Plato’s Republic, The Female in Aristotle’s Biology, and Ayn Rand and Song of Russia and the editor of Ayn Rand’s Marginalia, The Art of Nonfiction, Essays on Ayn Rand’s We the Living, Ayn Rand Answers, and Essays on Ayn Rand’s Anthem. Dr. Mayhew received his Ph.D in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1991.
Two talks by Robert Mayhew in my own back yard: It’s like a second Christmas!