Hesperus is Bosphorus

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Talk at Bogazici: Sandrine Berges (Bilkent) “From Aristotle to Heloise: Virtue and Moderation.” 09/11/2012

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Sandrine Berges (Bilkent) will give a talk entitled:

“From Aristotle to Heloise: Virtue and Moderation.”

Friday November 9th,5-7pm, Bogazici University Philosophy Department, TB130. Everyone welcome.

ABSTRACT: While many of her contemporaries, and some significant predecessors saw the virtues, especially that of temperance, as perfect achievements and complete freedom from bodily impulses, Heloise was keen to reinstate the Aristotelian understanding of virtues as means between two extremes. In her letters, she defends the ideal of moderation against Abelard’s calls for struggle and self control, and in doing so, she uses the vocabulary of the mean, in very much the same way as John of Salisbury did some years later. In this paper I highlight Heloise’s position in that debate, and argue that it is of philosophical and historical significance.

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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  1. […] University Philosophy Department, TB130. Everyone welcome. Further details can be found here: https://hesperusisbosphorus.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/talk-at-bogazici-sandrine-berges-bilkent-from-ar… ABSTRACT: While many of her contemporaries, and some significant predecessors saw the virtues, […]


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