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Medicines Drenched in Honey: Olympiodorus on What Makes Plato's Method Superior

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 23, 2020. 04:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
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 Thomas Slabon, followed by a response from Pauliina Remes. Afterward, the floor will be open for questions.

In this paper, Professor Remes argues that Platonic dialogical method is person-sensitive, and thus appeals to the existing desires and values of the interlocutor, but also strives to find the common – and right – conceptions behind their often false individual interpretations. The method thus improves on existing inclinations of the individual, rather than replaces or rejects them.

Pauliina Remes is a professor in theoretical philosophy, especially in history of philosophy, at Uppsala university. At Uppsala, she is the Director of Studies (Master level) at the Department of Philosophy, as well as the representative of the humanities on The Board for the Investigation of Deviations from Good Research Practice. She received her PhD in 2001 from King’s College, London.

Professor Remes specializes in Plotinus and Neoplatonism, but she also works on periods earlier and later, especially on Plato. Thematically, her areas of interest include notions of self, consciousness, person, and agent, the themes of self-knowledge, autonomy - or self-determination - and self-ennoblement, inwardness and externality in ancient philosophy, as well as more broadly the areas of philosophy of mind or soul, moral psychology, and ethics. Recently, she has become increasingly interested in epistemology and methodology. She is working, among other things, on Neoplatonic notion of discursive and practical reason. Her newest research project is on conversational norms and their significance for philosophizing in Plato.

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