Visitor Voices: Law and Freedom 2
Is it better to be led by the best person, or the best laws? A series of casual Socratic discussions explores topics around law and freedom in the ancient and modern worlds.
15 June 2024, 12:40 pm – 1:55 pm
Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Law and Freedom 2: Is it better to be ruled by the best person, or the best laws?
The ancient Greeks put a famously high value on their civic processes, which they recognised to be a delicate negotiation between elected leaders, ‘the people’ and the conceptual framework of the law. Join us in this symposium to discuss the central question posed by Aristotle in his text ‘The Laws’ – are we safer in the motivated yet fallible hands of our leaders, or should we instead put our trust in the static and ‘undying’ wisdom of the laws that govern our lives? If the choice is between mortal leaders or eternal laws, which would you choose?
About Visitor Voices
The ancient Greeks were known for their love of getting together in a relaxed environment, breaking bread and arguing about philosophy, politics and the meaning of life. Inspired by these ancient symposia, Visitor Voices invites you to explore some of life's age-old questions from a modern perspective, in a casual group environment.
On the third Saturday of every month, Museum staff will guide participants through a Socratic-style discussion among a small group, unleashing your inner philosopher and creating a dialogue between institution and visitor. In 2024 we will explore four major themes – Conflict and Humanity, Law and Freedom, Childhood and Getting Social – with each theme explored over 2–3 sessions, and every session centred around a different question. There's no prior knowledge required, just a sense of curiosity!
Tickets include Museum general admission before or after the session. Please note, due to the discussion of mature themes, this program is recommended for ages 15 and older.
Next session: Sat 13 July – Law and Freedom 3
To explore other themes and available sessions, see the Visitor Voices hub.
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General AdmissionPriceFrom $28.00 to $35.00
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