Envy, Greed, and the Common Good

Presented with Nowadays

Alec Monopoly

In this Olio, we will discuss the concept of pleonexia in classic works of moral and political philosophy. If one, for example, an average philosophy professor, wants more money, or the Rolf Schock prize in Logic and Philosophy, one might be motivated to harm one’s more distinguished colleagues. One might break into their offices and steal their rigorously researched and well-argued papers, sure to be published in the most reputable philosophy journals, with the highest impact factors. This example describes pleonexia, the vice that consists in one’s motivation to have more of particular divisible goods than others, or more than one is entitled to of such goods, to the harm of others.

Pleonexia is implicated in some form of injustice in Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, and may be considered in contemporary debates on envy. If, for example, our society permits deep social and economic inequalities, we might be compelled to consider others as competitors or rivals, rather than cooperators, and so, institutionally encouraged to have or obtain more of a share of particular goods in ways that threaten the common good. And if this is true, it is our duty to get together and discuss!




Location: Nowadays

56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385

Trees, ping pong, checkers, grass to lie in, fresh air, and the occasional passing freight train. Good food for meat eaters, veggies and vegans. Beer, sangria, fancy sodas and wine. Classes with Think Olio, a lovely Sunday afternoon dance, moonlit movies and regular ping pong tourneys. Dog friendly.


Sign up for the Think Olio x Nowadays Summer Pass to get all of the Tuesday night Olios until the end of August for just $40.


Other upcoming Olios


Aug 25

*Olio House Party* // Art as Activism or Art for Art's Sake?

Taught by Two Olio Professors
7:30 p.m. at Tompkins Ave Apartment

Sign Up - $10

Aug 26

1950s & Nostalgia: In Search of Greatness in the "Golden Age"

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7 p.m. at Atlas Studios // Newburgh, NY

Sign Up - $20

Sep 8

What Exactly is Neo About Neo-Nazism? Violence in Politics

Taught by Ward Regan
7:30 p.m. at Tompkins Ave Apartment

Sign Up - $10

Sep 10

Meditations: A Wisdom of the Everyday

Taught by Michael Prettyman
4 p.m. at IDIO Gallery

Sign Up - $10

Sep 15

Urban Inspiration & Suburban Sprawl in the Lyrics of the Talking Heads

Taught by Jessica Rogers
8:15 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Sep 17

Sep 29

Ban This Book (If You Can)

Taught by Charles Riley
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


Find out when we launch new classes!

Official Partner with Penguin Press.