Title: Otium cum Dignitatus ["retirement with dignity"]
Date: Friday, March 2, 2012
Time: 6 to 8pm
Where: University of Westminster, 319 Regent Street, room 516
Drinks +/- Dinner afterwards [I suggest long stem cocktails at the Langham Hotel where world class hookers, Russian and Saudi billionaires mingle with diplomats and BBC personalities -- hey, this scene is right next door to the Uni.]
For the 98th Session of the Philosophical Foundations of Law and Finance, we will engage the poetry of Horace to countervail the idiocies of socialism, capitalism and fascism found in the rhetorical arguments of propagandists, especially, those now advocating war with Iran "for the good of XYZ." Please note the Horatian Odes are gifts to the permanent world culture and if you haven't read them, then I pity you because they say quite precisely what is the attitude of a genuinely civilised, moral and critical heart in the face of an over-weaning violent state. Horace is in a class of the best of the best and can change your attitude with a couple words.
In our examination of the meaning of a few Odes, we will also delve into the concept of "theoretical system" as a "presentation-INVARIANCE" stated in a very original manner by Professor Jean-Marie Marquis (2009) From A Geometrical Point of View, A History and Philosophy of Category Theory. Marquis by the way has done us a great service by writing about the most abstruse mathematics in a way to show their relevance to how we can literally turn sketches ["esquisses"] of radical reconstructions of seemingly disparate facts into integrated totality structures. His writing is graceful, precise and tingly as only philosophers feel about philosophical arguments. It's a "Whole in One." To be a bit more precise, we can move from sketches to abstract logical relations, to complicated ontologies, with the ease of paring finger nails! It's a doodle and the doodle rigorously defines the space! From the theoretical systems which we will illustrate with morphisms and functors to the New World Order, we will also examine "the smart-violent gene" hypothesis of Potts and Hayden (2008) Sex and War.
If you have time, please bring a parallel translation of Horace.