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Public Philosophy in Classical Greece: 470–370 BCE

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Workshop Lectures


December 8, 2023

Speaker & Affiliation

Victoria Wohl (Toronto) and Stephen A. White (UT–Austin)


10:45 am - 2:45 pm
010 East Pyne


Co-sponsored by the Princeton Department of Classics, Program in Classical Philosophy, Center for Human Values, and Humanities Council, and the Center for Culture, Society and Religion at Princeton


These public talks are part of the book project-workshop, Public Philosophy in Classical Greece: 470 - 370 BCE, under contract with Cambridge University Press and co-edited by Mirjam Kotwick (Princeton) and Christopher Moore (Penn State). The sourcebook’s aim is to reframe the study of classical Greek philosophy by contending that essential material for reconstructing and assessing early philosophical debates is to be found in authors beyond the usual canon of Pre-socratics and Sophists and in texts written for a broader public, such as by historians, poets, orators, doctors, and music theorists, among others.

In addition to collaboration on the volume itself, the workshop is presenting public talks by invited speakers on issues related to the volume’s vision. These talks are open to the members of the Princeton community:

Victoria Wohl (Toronto): “The Demos, the public subject, and the politics of particularity in fifth-century Athens” (Friday, Dec. 8, 10.45am - 12.00pm)

Stephen White (Texas): “Wordpower and the Rhetoric of Necessity in Public Discourse” (Friday, Dec. 8, 1.30pm - 2.45pm)