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Philosopher’s Holiday Lecture Series
Calling philosophers names: ‘Philosophos’ and the origin of a discipline.

Lecturer: Christopher Moore
Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Classics Pennsylvania State University 

Date: Feb. 6, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Rockefeller Hall 200

Have philosophers always been “lovers of wisdom”? That’s what Plato’s Socrates says they are. Yet I argue that he is in fact accommodating a term that had been used ironically or pejoratively against his ilk (compare Freak or Queer). Linguistic, literary, and philosophical analysis shows that philosophos began as a name-calling name, for a person prone to act like a Sage (Sophos) – that is, giving political or life advice – in a way that seemed hardly justi ed by his scholarly mode of learning.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Greek and Roman Studies

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