Paper Tigers Talk: “Faking Wisdom: Plato on Sophistry as a Skill”

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:32am -- ngroll
Jonathan Beere
UCHV Visiting Faculty Fellow (Humboldt-Univerität zu Berlin)

Abstract: In the Sophist, Plato undertakes to give a definition of the sophist. This definition is largely neglected in commentary on the dialogue. Those who discuss it, mostly find it dismal: either a failure as a definition or unclear or uninteresting. I argue that the definition is successful and interesting. It is interesting in two respects, first that treats sophistic as a skill and second that it treats bad arguments not in terms of formal fallacy, but rather in terms of a distortion of which forms mix with which forms. These conclusions are based in my reading of the distinction of copies into likenesses and appearances

Monday, March 27, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Tower Room