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Greek Philosophers, Founding Fathers & American Law

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • National Hellenic Museum | 333 South Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois 60661


The National Hellenic Museum will host U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard Allen Posner on Thursday, Jan. 28 for a discussion of Greek philosophers and their influence on America’s political system.

Posner, a longtime member of the U.S. Court of Appeals and the most cited legal scholar of the 20th century, will discuss the impact of Greek philosophers, Aristotle in particular, on America’s founders, law, and institution. Aristotle is generally regarded as one of the most influential ancient thinkers in a number of philosophical fields, including political theory.

The discussion, one of a series events the National Hellenic Museum is holding this winter in support of The Greeks exhibit at The Field Museum, provides a timely reminder of the roots of democracy during this presidential election year, said Elizabeth Martin, the museum’s executive director .

“Judge Posner is one of our country’s most acclaimed and influential legal scholars,” said Martin. “It’s such a gift to have him here to offer his keen insight into the enduring impact of the great philosophers of Ancient Greece.”

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