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Between Philosophy and Rhetoric - 13-14/05/2017, New York, NY (USA)

Even though ancient philosophy and rhetoric have many overlapping interests (education, persuasion, politics, etc.), their relationship has long been a contentious subject, especially among ancient philosophers. Contemporary scholarship on the topic is equally divided: philosophers tend to approach the topic primarily through the works of Plato and Aristotle and regard rhetoric (and rhetorical compositions) as a second-rate notion/discipline which has little interest in shedding light on philosophically relevant questions about human nature and society, whereas classicists research oratorical compositions to get a better understanding of Greek prose style, historical details and context, but often shy away from philosophical questions that the texts might hint at. This workshop aims to bring together scholars working on ancient rhetoric and argumentative techniques on the one hand, and scholars working on ancient philosophy, on the other in order to open up a space for a constructive engagement with philosophy/rhetoric, one which might enrich our understanding of ancient texts as well as the context in which they were produced.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 13-14/05/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: New York University (New York, NY, USA)


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Saturday, May 13th

9.15-9.30 Coffee, introduction and welcome

9.30 - 11.10amUsha Nathan (Columbia) ‘Why persuade with pathos?’

Response: Iakovos Vasiliou (CUNY)

11.10 - 11.20 Coffee break

11.20am - 1.00pmJoel Mann (St Norbert) ‘Rediscovering “Hippocrates”: the rhetoric of skepticism in περὶ φύσιος ἀνθρώπου’

Response: Calloway Scott (NYU)

1.00 - 2.30pm Lunch

2.30 - 4.10pm Richard Hunter (Cambridge) ‘Listening to the Sirens’Response: Mirjam Kotwick (New School)

4.10 - 4.20 Coffee break

4.20 - 6pm Edward Schiappa (MIT) ‘Isocrates, Pragmatism, and the Endless Mediation of Rhetoric & Philosophy’

Response: Colin King (Providence College)

7pm Dinner and drinks

Sunday, May 14th

9.15-9.30 Coffee

9.30 - 11.10am Nancy Worman (Barnard) ‘Philosophizing embodiment in Aristotle's Poetics and Rhetoric’

Response: Nicholas Rynearson (NYU)

11.10-11.20 Coffee break

11.20am - 1pm Jamie Dow (Leeds) ‘Socrates’ Challenge: Why Dialogue is better than Speechmaking’

Response: Christopher Roser (Munich)

1 - 2.30pm Lunch

2.30 - 4.10pm James Porter (Berkeley) ‘Homer between rhetoric and philosophy’

Response: Hakan Tell (Dartmouth)

4.10 - 4.20 Coffee break

4.20 - 6pmJessica Moss (NYU) ‘Why can rhetoric produce only doxa?’

Response: Cinzia Arruzza (New School)

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