The reading group met today to discuss the Long & Sedley reading on Dialectic & Rhetoric. We focused mostly on normalizing what might have been the view on what exactly rhetoric and dialectic were and where they fit into the philosophy. A specialist in Latin would have been handy…
Our next meeting is scheduled for 13 May, 2014 at the IDEA CETL in Leeds. This fortnight we will be reading Chapters 39 & 40 on Impressions & Truth (pp 236-253). It would be good to return to the previous readings as well, to discuss the role dialectic and rhetoric played in Stoic teaching.
Good Day philosophers, I would like to announce the next set of reading for our meeting at the IDEA CETL in Leeds on April 29, 2014.
We will be discussing Long & Sedley’s chapter on Stoic Dialectic & Rhetoric (pg 183-190). This is a short reading, but we discovered today that even three or four pages can fuel a couple hours of very interesting conversation. I highly recommend that anyone with access to both volumes of Long & Sedley to take a look at the Greek and Latin, as we found some interesting ideas mixed in with the translation comparisons. Continue reading
There is to be a reading group on topics related to ‘leadership’ in the Stoics, based in the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Centre from April to June, 2014. The dates and times scheduled are given below. (NOTE: times are all 9-11am, which is a change from some previous publicity)
The plan is to read a variety of texts (in English translation) related to the early Stoa, and touching on the way in which the Stoa itself was led, and the ways in which the early Stoics thought of the influence and leadership that (a) the leaders of the school exerted on its participants; (b) that Stoic teachers exercised on those coming to learn about Stoicism; and (c) that the Stoic sage was envisaged as exerting persuasive influence on the non-sage. Continue reading