Ancient Greek Philosophy: From Faculty Research to Student Learning Opportunities

29 October 2020 (Thu),

Matthew Walker has recently published three new papers in ancient Greek philosophy. A first paper, “Socrates’ Lesson to Hippothales in Plato’s Lysis,” published in Classical Philology, examines Socrates’ love advice in the prologue of a particularly puzzling Platonic dialogue. The other papers focus on a lost work of Aristotle’s, the Protrepticus, of which only fragments remain. “The Appeal to Easiness in Aristotle’s Protrepticus,” published in Ancient Philosophy, explores the work’s counterintuitive claims for philosophy’s easiness. “Aristotle, Isocrates, and Philosophical Progress: Protrepticus 6, 40.15-20/B55,” published in History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis, analyzes one of the work’s arguments for philosophy’s easiness. As it turns out, this argument rests on a controversial claim of its own, namely, that philosophy makes progress.

Walker recently completed a new paper on another lost work of Aristotle’s, a philosophical dialogue called the Eudemus. This paper, “Aristotle’s Eudemus and the Propaedeutic Use of the Dialogue Form,” is now forthcoming in the Journal of the History of Philosophy. Walker is currently at work on a new book on immortality in Plato’s Symposium and Phaedo.

In Semester 2, AY 2020-21, Walker will be teaching the Lysis in Socrates on Trial, a Historical Immersion offering cross-listed with Global Antiquity and Philosophy. He will also be teaching a Philosophy elective, Philosophy as a Way of Life, which will read fragments from Aristotle’s Protrepticus.