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<h2><span style="color:black">Department of Classics and Ancient History Seminar Series<o:p></o:p></span></h2>
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<span style="font-size:11.0pt;color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">Thursday 7<sup>th</sup> November, 4.15 pm
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">CCANESA Boardroom, Madsen Building, University of Sydney</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p><span class="s1"><b><span style="font-family:"-webkit-standard",serif;color:black">Plato’s Conception of Philosophy and the Problem of Understanding Morality</span></b></span><span style="font-family:"-webkit-standard",serif;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<b><span style="font-family:"-webkit-standard",serif;color:black">Stephen Gaukroger<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span></span></b><span style="font-family:"-webkit-standard",serif;color:black">| Emeritus Professor History of Philosophy and History of
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<span style="font-family:"-webkit-standard",serif;color:black">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></span></p>
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<strong><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black">About the seminar series</span></strong><b><span style="font-family:"-webkit-standard",serif;color:black"><br>
</span></b><span style="font-family:"-webkit-standard",serif;color:black">Papers are usually held in the Conference Room of the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia, in the Madsen Building on Eastern Ave (at the City Road end), in the
 University’s Camperdown Campus.<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/oOMoC6X13RtKqgGNspV0z2?domain=goo.gl"><span style="color:#954F72">Click here for map</span></a>. Seminars are followed by light refreshments.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<strong><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black">For further information,</span></strong><span class="apple-converted-space"><b><span style="color:black"> </span></b></span><strong><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black"><a href="mailto:tamaran@sydney.edu.au"><span style="color:#954F72">please
 contact Tamara Neal</span></a>:</span></strong><span class="apple-converted-space"><b><span style="color:black"> </span></b></span><strong><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black"><a href="mailto:tamaran@sydney.edu.au"><span style="color:#954F72">tamaran@sydney.edu.au</span></a></span></strong><span style="font-family:"-webkit-standard",serif;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB">ANIK WALDOW | Associate Professor </span><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB"> | Department
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