SYMPOSIUM: THE DAMNATION OF IDEAS

| January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

washington120114Socrates (470-399 B.C.) – a renowned Greek philosopher from Athens who taught Plato, and Plato taught Aristotle and Aristotle taught Alexander the Great. Socrates used a method of teaching by asking leading questions. The Greeks called this form dialectic – starting from a thesis or question, then discussing ideas and moving back and forth between points of view to determine how well ideas stand up to critical review with the ultimate principle of the dialogue being Veritas – Truth.

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Socrates

John Maynard Keynes

Freidrich Nietzsche

Auguste Comte

Jean-Paul Sartre

Karl Marx

John Dewey

Alfred Kinsey

Mao Zedong

Adolf Hitler

Karl Marx/Freidrich Engels

Socrates: We are gathered here today at this Symposium to discuss the battle of ideas. What is the difference between ideas that uplifts society and those that damn society? We will discuss 10 famous writers and their most influential books and how these books have either elevated society to ascend the steps of Parnassus or condemned society into the pit of Tartarus.

We will begin in reverse order with the 10 books, which over the past 200 years have collectively caused the damnation of modern society.

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Ellis Washington is former editor of the Michigan Law Review and law clerk at The Rutherford Institute. He hosts a radio program Thursdays at 11 a.m. Eastern on 1620 AM in Atlanta. It can be heard online at the Radio Sandy Springs website. His weekly podcasts are available Mondays at The Conservative Beacon. Washington is a graduate of John Marshall Law School and a lecturer and freelance writer on constitutional law, legal history and critical race theory. He has written over a dozen law review articles and several books, including “The Inseparability of Law and Morality: The Constitution, Natural Law and the Rule of Law” (2002). Washington’s latest book is “The Nuremberg Trials: Last Tragedy of the Holocaust.”

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