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Aristotelian Solutions to 21st-Century Problems

Summary

Public intellectual and leading classicist Professor Edith Hall shows how ancient thinking is precisely what we need today.

Start Date

12th Apr 2018 6:00pm

End Date

12th Apr 2018 7:30pm

Venue

Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

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presented by

Professor Edith Hall

King's College London

Edith Hall

What do you and an ancient philosopher have in common? It turns out much more than you might think…

Aristotle was an extraordinary thinker, perhaps the greatest in history. Yet he was preoccupied by an ordinary question: how to be happy. His deepest belief was that we can all be happy in a meaningful, sustained way – and he led by example.

In this lecture, public intellectual and leading classicist Professor Edith Hall shows how ancient thinking is precisely what we need today, even if you don’t know your Odyssey from your Iliad. Life deals the same challenges – in Ancient Greece or the modern world. Aristotle’s way is not to apply rules – it’s about engaging with the texture of existence, and striding purposefully towards a life well lived.

This is advice that won’t go out of fashion.

About Edith Hall

Edith Hall is Professor in the Classics Department and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London.

Her original specialism was ancient Greek literature, but she enjoys putting the pleasure as well as the rigour into all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman history, society, and thought. 

She has published more than twenty books, broadcasts frequently on radio and television, works as consultant with professional theatres, lectures all over the world, and publishes widely in academic and mainstream journals and newspapers.

She is a world leader in the study of ethnicity, class and gender in ancient sources, of ancient theatre, and of the continuing instrumentality of ancient ideas in world culture since the Renaissance.

Edith has held posts at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Reading and Royal Holloway, and visiting positions at Notre Dame, Swarthmore, Northwestern, Leiden, and Erfurt.

Presented as part of the University of Tasmania's Visiting Scholars Lecture Series.