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Ancient Philosophy Week at Pomona College

The first Ancient Philosophy Week at Pomona College will begin Monday, October 24, spearheaded by Pomona College Professor of Classics and Philosophy Richard McKirahan. Four lectures will be delivered in what McKirahan envisions as a mini-conference, accessible to undergraduate and general audiences alike, with invited guest speakers from Cambridge University, University of California, Berkeley and Claremont McKenna, as well as McKirahan himself. The series’ aim is to provide a glimpse of how different people approach different issues.

“This is really doing what real modern philosophers do, engaging with other views and examining the historical, but also doing the same kind of thinking as contemporary systematic philosophers,” he said.

The talks will examine the classical roots of philosophy, which McKirahan says sets the field apart: “I can tell you that philosophy is different than math or physics. [When doing research], mathematicians and physicists aren’t much concerned with historical works in their field; they are just doing what’s contemporary. But philosophy has always been concerned with its history.”

All lectures begin at 4:15 p.m. and will be held in Pearsons Hall, Room 101 (Pomona College, 551 N. College Ave., Claremont). For more information, contact: (909) 607-2912 or rmckirahan@pomona.edu. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Oct. 24 -- “Contemplation and Self-Mastery in Plato's Phaedrus-- Speaker: Professor Suzanne Obdrzalek (Claremont McKenna College)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 -- “Wisdom and Self-Restraint in Plato's Protagoras” -- Speaker: Professor Richard McKirahan (Pomona College)
  • Thursday, Oct. 27 -- “Infancy and Childhood in Ancient Greek Philosophy” -- Speaker: Professor Malcolm Schofield (Cambridge University)
  • Friday, Oct. 28 -- “What's the Good of Greek Philosophical Happiness?” -- Speaker: Professor Tony Long (University of California, Berkeley)