Can Plato Teach Us Something New in Our Digital Age?
“The present moment shrinks to a fleeting point in time, devoid of heirs and free of goals. The present no longer trails things past and future along with it” (Han, Byung-Chul. 2017).
In this lecture, I would like to make a sweeping tour through the history of ideas – from Euthyphro and his discussion with Socrates to the present-day repeated proclamations about our post-truth age and the end of history. The present is decreed to be the best possible world, the future already in the ‘here and now’. I will claim that in order to challenge the reduction of the present to the ever-repeated today, the ‘now’, stripped of the past as well as of the future, we must go back and rethink truth and justice with Socrates.
Recommended Reading: Euthyphro by Plato. You can access this dialogue at Perseus Digital Library. Note that this reading is not required.