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The Greeks

"The Greeks", an informal group of people interested in ancient Greek philosophy, meet most weeks to read a text of Plato or Aristotle in the original Greek and to discuss the philosophical issues arising.

We occasionally host speakers from elsewhere, most recently David Ebrey (Northwestern) "Matter, Blood, and Necessity" April 2012, Franco Trivigno (Marquette) "Paidikos Phthonos: Comedy and Self-Knowledge in Phaedrus 49a-50b" April 2013, Evan Keeling (Rutgers/São Paolo) "Protagorean Wisdom" April 2014, Naomi Reshotko (Professor and Chair, University of Denver) "Plato's Sun, Line and Cave" June 2015, Joseph Bjelde (né Barnes) (Humboldt) "The Stability of Knowledge", September 2015 and John Longeway (UW-Parkside) on Parmenides and Zeno, March 201l, Allison Murphy (Carleton) and Corinne Gartner (Wellesley) on friendship, fall 2022.

You're welcome to attend and join in, or just listen!

In past years we've read selections from Aristotle's Categories, Posterior Analytics, Nicomachean Ethics, Eudemian Ethics, Politics, Parts of Animals, Physics, Metaphysics and Rhetoric and from Plato's Republic, Crito, Sophist, Lysis, Symposium, Phaedo, Parmenides, Cratylus, Philebus, Charmides and Gorgias. Christopher Rowe kindly lent us a draft of his ancient Greek edition of Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics II to read one semester. The following year, under Emily Fletcher's guidance, the Greeks traced the Meno argument from Plato to the skeptics. In fall 2019 we read selections from Aristotle's works on to kalon.

In spring 2021, we met online to discuss selections from Christopher Rowe's forthcoming OCT edition of Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics. In fall 2021 and spring 2022 we've been reading Plato's Protagoras online. In fall 2022 we read part of Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics VII, also online.

Recent participants have hailed from the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Classics, the Department of English, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of Spanish and Portugese, the Institute for Research in the Humanities and around the world.

If you'd like to be on the emailing list for more information, or if you'd like to make a presentation, please contact Paula Gottlieb here.