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Lunchtime Lecture | The True Value of Money: Retail Investing as a Gateway to Wisdom

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Bring your lunch and join the Open-to-All Courses in the Liberal Arts on Thursday, August 16 for a free lecture titled "The True Value of Money: Retail Investing as a Gateway to Wisdom". 

In a capitalist society, retail investing can play the role that sexual love plays in Plato: the blunt, material force that lures us onto a path towards subtle, ethereal wisdom. Using the “ladder of love” metaphor from Plato’s Symposium, this lecture will outline how an initial “wealth focus” often evolves into a “wellness focus” (as we re-discover the ancient truth that money is a means and not an end in itself) and then into a “wisdom focus” (as we re-discover the ancient truth that wisdom is needed in order to live a good life). From this perspective, therefore, lust turns out to be something of a “noble lie” that delivers something much better than it promises—and something we would probably not have sought at all if lust had not started us on our journey in the first place.

about the speaker

Adam Rose completed graduate work with the Committee on General Studies in the Humanities and the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago. His interest focuses on exploring ways in which the production and reception of texts of all types affect human life and people's views of themselves as well as the world they live in.

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