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<p class="MsoNormal"><b>EVENT:<o:p></o:p></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b>4.15pm 7<sup>th</sup> November 2019<o:p></o:p></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b>CCANESA Meeting Room</b><o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b>Madsen Building<o:p></o:p></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Department of Classics and Ancient History Seminar Series<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<p><span class="s1"><b>Plato‚Äôs Conception of Philosophy and the Problem of Understanding Morality</b></span><o:p></o:p></p>
<p><b>Stephen Gaukroger </b>| Emeritus Professor History of Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Sydney<o:p></o:p></p>
<p>Plato provided a model for what philosophy was in the classical world, but just what this model was requires some reconstruction. By comparing pre-philosophical thought with philosophical enquiry in Plato, we can see that the use of reason is not the distinguishing
 feature. One of the crucial features of genuinely philosophical discourse is its second-order approach: rather than engaging issues directly on their own level, it abstracts from them, raising everything to a panoramic metalevel. This helps resolve some immediate
 problems, such as the moral conventionalism of the sophists, but it generates other far more profound ones, raising the question whether philosophy has intrinsic limits, evident in its failure to deal adequately with morality.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b>For Further Details<o:p></o:p></b></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://sophi-events.sydney.edu.au/calendar/department-of-classic-and-ancient-history-seminar-series-thursday-7-november-2019/">https://sophi-events.sydney.edu.au/calendar/department-of-classic-and-ancient-history-seminar-series-thursday-7-november-2019/</a>
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