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Graduate Institute Summer Lecture, 7/22

Originally Posted on admin, July 22, 2009

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Graduate Institute Summer Lecture, 7/22: “The Phenomenon of Style in Plato's Republic”

Who:     Russell Winslow

What:    Graduate Institute Summer Lecture

Title:      “The Phenomenon of Style in Plato's Republic”

Where:  Junior Common Room, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College

When:   Wednesday, July 22, 3:00 p.m.

Details: This lecture is free of charge, open to the public, and followed by a question-and-answer period.

In this lecture, St. John’s tutor Russell Winslow undertakes a reading of the censorship of style in Book III of Plato’s Republic. Style, he argues, might be said to be even more important philosophically than content. For, our souls are shaped by style in ways that are almost fully unnoticed by us. While we monitor and care for the content of our speeches, style slips in and structures the soul and the way we comport ourselves to the world in invisible ways.

Like grammar, style organizes the relationship between beings in the world in advance, and content always comes to be known within the organization that style provides for it. As a consequence, Winslow offers a preliminary meditation on the primacy of ethos, of comportment, over content--perhaps even the primacy of ethos over being (if the latter is conceived as content).

Russell Winslow holds a doctorate in philosophy and is the author of Aristotle and Discovery (Continuum International Press, 2007). He has been a tutor at St. John’s College in Santa Fe since 2007.