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The Ethical Aspect of Plato’s Sophist

Date and Time: 
Thursday, February 6, 2020. 04:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Watt Dining Room
Ethics and Politics, Ancient and Modern
Meeting Description: 

All EPAM sessions are pre-read. We will begin with a brief summary of the paper and comments by Christopher Bobonich, followed by a response from Carlo Cacciatori. Afterward, the floor will be open for questions.

Abstract: According to the general consensus in the scholarship, Plato’s Sophist allows two interpretations as to its philosophical scope: it is concerned with either certain ontological problems or the definition of who the sophist is. The aim of this paper is to argue for an alternative interpretative reading of the dialogue. I will demonstrate that the Sophist presents a theory of moral epistemology which is worth being studied in detail. I shall conclude that Plato’s Sophist confirms the Socratic theory of ethical intellectualism: knowledge is still acknowledged as the necessary and sufficient condition for virtue.

Carlo Cacciatori is a doctoral candidiate at Durham University under the supervision of Phillip Sidney Horkey and George Boys-Stones. His research interests are directed at understanding how ethics and epistemology relate in Plato's late dialogues. He is a visiting graduate student at Stanford during the 2019-20 academic year.