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“What is Socrates’ Question?” presented by John Bova

Posted by Chris Gruber on July 21, 2014


What:                 “What is Socrates’ Question?” presented by John Bova, a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Villanova University


When:                Wednesday, July 23, 3:15 p.m.


Where:               Junior Common Room, Peterson Student Center

St. John’s College, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca


Admission:         Free


Details:              What is the signature question asked by Plato’s Socrates in what are sometimes called his elenctic, or refutational, conversations? This question apparently answers itself! We all know, on the authority of Aristotle, that Socrates’ question is none other than this very ti esti, or What is...? question that we have used in posing this or any problem of essence. Nevertheless, Bova suggests that Plato’s dialogues show a different answer—that the ti esti defines only one pole of a dual Socratic question.


Bova earned a BS in philosophy and mathematics from Towson University in 2002, an MA in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College in 2003, and an MA in philosophy from Villanova University in 2009. He is now a doctoral candidate in the philosophy department at Villanova University. Since 2012 he has been an affiliated researcher in the philosophy department of the University of New Mexico. The title of his forthcoming dissertation is The Idea of the Good: Metalogic is Ethics.


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