“Parsing Vision” (Seeing and Saying: Parsing Plato on Knowledge)


MM McCabe  

(Visiting Sather Professor of Classics, UC Berkeley, Professor Emerita of Ancient Philosophy, King’s College London)

“Parsing Vision” (Seeing and Saying: Parsing Plato on Knowledge)

Thursday, April 6th @ 4.10pm, location TBD        

The Republic is dominated by the idiom of seeing: to describe the framing encounters, the ordinary business of our engagement with the perceptible world, and the extraordinary business of the intellect and its development of knowledge. But the account of vision that underlies all of this has rich cognitive content, which makes it possible to think about vision as a faculty that can be developed, improved and even perfected. There is considerable plausibility in this view of vision; Platonic art can tell us about our own aesthetic experience.  This exposes an unexpected fertility in the analogy between vision and intellection.

As always, refreshments will be provided!


We can also look forward to several other talks coming up during the Spring quarter.

Winthrop (Pete) Wetherbee             Tues. April. 11

“Twelfth-Century Humanism and the Metamorphosis Goliae Episcopi”(Annual David Traill Lecture)

Mary Bachvarova,                              Wed. May 3

 Title, TBD

Alexandra Sofroniew                         Wed. May. 22

“Changing tastes in votive offerings from early Italy: from enthroned goddesses to wine and sex”