Constance Meinwald on "Rolling Around Between Being and Not-Being: Plato and Context Dependence"

We are very pleased to announce that Constance Meinwald, Professor at University of Illinois, will deliver a talk for Filosofisk seminar this semester. The seminar is open for everyone, and will be followed by an informal reception.

Portrait of Constance Meinwald (Photo: Private).

Constance Meinwald (Photo: Private).


Plato famously claims that sensibles are beautiful and ugly, large and small, equal and unequal, double and half, and so on; as he sums it up, they mix Being and Not-Being.  This is what makes him rule them out as fundamentally real and as objects of the highest cognitive states; those honors go to Forms such as The Beautiful and Largeness Itself.  But claims key to Plato’s characterization of sensibles are thought by some today to lead to such problems that they conclude that there’s no such thing as Largeness, Goodness, etc.  What are the resources and strengths of Plato’s approach, and does it have some limitations?

About Constance Meinwald

Constance Meinwald did her Ph.D. work in Princeton’s Classical Philosophy program and strives to combine the resources of classics with philosophical activity in reanimating the dialectic of philosophy in antiquity. Connie’s earliest work took the form of her book, Plato’s “Parmenides” (Oxford, 1991). She has published a variety of journal articles and conference pieces on Plato, as well as studies in the history of the notion of consent. She has contributed substantial essays to the Cambridge Companion to Plato (1992) the Oxford Handbook of Plato (2008), and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Her wide-ranging and broadly accessible Plato (2016) has just been published in the Routledge Philosophers Series. Prof. Meinwald has been a Junior Fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies, a Fellow of the UIC Humanities Institute (twice), and has taught as a visitor at Cornell and at Barnard/Columbia.

About the seminar series

Philosophical Seminar is a philosophy colloquium series, hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at UiO. The departmental colloquium has previously hosted renowned philosophers such as Charles Taylor, Peter Railton, Galen Strawson, Julia Annas, Martin Kusch, Stephen Darwall, John Sallis and Samuel Wheeler III.

The colloquia are open to everyone and followed by an open and informal reception on the third floor in the same building. Students are especially encouraged to attend, and all participants are invited to the reception afterwards.

Published Feb. 27, 2018 11:43 AM - Last modified Mar. 9, 2018 3:25 PM