Life Lessons from the Great Books

Almudena Grandes, the Spanish novelist, wrote recently in the Madrid newspaper El Pais that: “True freedom is not to be able to say what you think, but is the power to think about what is being said.” This Tuesday night at 6.00pm in Galway City Library we continue the series of talks entitled Life Lessons from the Great Books, with Sanja Bentz, a student from Saarland University, Germany.

Sanja will introduce Machiavelli and Erasmus: The end justifies the means” is one of Niccolò Machiavelli’s famous principles. Sanja Bentz will talk about one of his comedies, La Mandragola, in which Machiavelli shows how corrupt and selfish society can be and that values such as loyalty, trust and honesty do not exist! Erasmus of Rotterdam was one of the most learned men of his day, known and admired throughout Europe. His Praise of Folly shows what a brilliant writer he was but it also shows that folly is an essential part of human history and that we probably couldn’t exist without folly. The event takes place in Galway City Library, Augustine Street, on Tuesday night September 4th at 6.00pm and concludes at about 6.50pm. Admission is free.

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