The Spring 2015 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents George Rudebusch, Northern Arizona University. The title of Professor Rudebusch's talk is "The Stranger's Method In Plato's Sophist And Statesman." (Abstract of the paper, co-authored with Fernando Muniz, below.)
Friday, May 1, 2015, 3-5pm, Social Sciences 224 (1145 E South Campus Drive 85721).
The Stranger’s Method in Plato’s Sophist and Statesman
In his Sophist and Statesman, the Stranger uses a method of collection and division to in some sense define the Sophist and Statesman. We review the problems for existing interpretations of division and the thing divided, which are extensional, intensional, vague, or inconsistent. We base our solution upon the Stranger’s paradigmatic first division of the Angler, which requires “collecting things under a heading with their power.” We interpret “thing with a power” with reference to the semantics of partaking in the Phaedo. Our interpretation allows us to distinguish Form (eidos or idea) from Kind (genos) and interpret the Stranger’s Kinds as collections of things with a power.