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Guest lecture: Thales and the Beginning of Philosophy (Glenn W. Most, SNS Pisa/Chicago

  • When Jun 16, 2017 from 10:00 to 12:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)
  • Where Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Hannoversche Straße 6, room 3.03
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Q- Team – Guest lecture series – Why Philosophy? Critcisim and justification of philosophy in Antquity

Glenn W. Most is Professor of Classics at the Scouloa Normale Superiore di Pisa and Visiting Professor of Social Thought and of Classics at the University of Chicago.

In his Metaphysics, Aristotle calls Thales the founder of a certain kind of philosophy. Should we believe him? In order to answer this question, we must try to answer four other questions:

1. What do we know about Thales?
2. What did Aristotle know about Thales?
3. What did Aristotle mean when he say that Thales was the founder of a certain kind of philosophy?
4. Why did Aristotle say this?

This lecture attempts to answer these questions.

You'll find more information on the Q-Team guest lecture series here.