ErĂ´s and Dialectic in Ancient Interpretations of the Platonic first Alcibiades, or: Should a Teacher Love his Student?

Research Institute CLUE+, the Department of Philosophy, and Study Association Icarus present: VU Philosophy Colloquium of March 2018.

03/28/2018 | 3:30 PM


15:30 - Opening
15:35 - 16:10 Lecture by Albert Joosse
16:10 - 16:30 Response by Marije Martijn
16:30 - 17:00 Q&A

Followed by drinks at Icarus.

About the Lecture:
Socrates famously pursued the prettiest boys of Athens and claimed that he wanted to lead them to wisdom. A number of Socratic writers devoted dialogues specifically to his relations with the young Alcibiades. In different ways they all treat the motivations and efficacy of Socrates' love for Alcibiades and so bequeathed the problem of pedagogical love to later philosophy. In this talk I will focus on a numver of ancient interpreters of the Platonic first Alcibiades and examine their responses tot the question of whether a teacher should love his student. For some of them, love is an illness that philosophy helps us to eliminate. But in later antiquity, pedagogical love experiences a renaissance, with some thinkers even positing a close conceptual link between dialectic and love.

About the speakers:
Albert Joosse is a postdoc at the Philosophy Department of the University of Utrecht. He was a postdoc at the University of Freiburg (Germany) from 2011-14 and a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014-15. He is particularly interested in ancient epistemology and ethics.

Marije Martijn is C.J. de Vogel professor of Ancient and Patristic Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research interests are in the field of Neoplatonic philosophy of late Antiquity, with a special interest (a.o.) in Neoplatonics philosophy of nature, philosophy of science and epistemology, semiotics and aesthetics.