Melissa Lane at Festival del Classico

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021

Drawing on her award-winning book, Eco-Republic, in which she reflects on the ethics and politics of sustainability, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Director of the University Center for Human Values Melissa Lane addressed the question “Is an ecological republic possible today?” at the virtual 2020 Festival del Classico, Torino (Turin).  

In her presentation, “The Republic of Plato and the challenges of the contemporary world,” Lane uses the allegory of the cave to demonstrate the applicability of Plato’s thinking to urgent global political issues like climate change, explaining that “Plato encourages us to come out of the cave and recognize the reality of the environmental disaster."  The complete lecture can be viewed here.
Following her appearance at the Festival, Lane was interviewed by the national newspaper La Stampa.