How to Unlock Secrets by Emendation of Greek and Latin Texts

The lecture unlocked the secrets of ancient memorisation performances, rediscovered by a Russian and  possibly by Gandhi's Jain mentor, of the professors' role in daily confession sessions in an ancient Greek philosophy school and of the answers by the refugee Athenian philosophers to their host King Khusru I of Persia in 531 CE. But since philosophers rest on the bedrock of texts established by philologists, should they wait until the philologists have finished? Some startling reasons why not.

Sir Richard Sorabji is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at King's College London and an Honorary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. His philosophical progress has been from Aristotle, then the next 1000 years of Greek Philosophy, including orchestrating internationally the translation in over 100 volumes of 700 years of Greek Philosophy, then learning from others about philosophy in other cultures, including the Arabic Aristotelian tradition of the 10th to 12th centuries, and,  then, 'mostly through the kindness of specialists, a little bit of Indian Philosophy' that resulted in Gandhi and The Stoics: Modern Experiments on Ancient Values (2012). His Recent publications include Moral Conscience Through the Ages (2014) and Aristotle Re-interpreted: New Findings on Seven Hundred Years of the Commentators (2016).

Shail Mayaram is Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018
4 pm, CSDS Seminar Room