Hesperus is Bosphorus

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Barry Allen (McMaster) at Istanbul Technical University, 08.10.2013

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This talk is an essay in Comparative Philosophy, comparing ancient and modern western ideas of knowledge and wisdom with the conception found in classical Chinese thought. Compared with the Greeks and their contemplative theory the Chinese are pragmatists. Compared with the Moderns and their epistemology the Chinese are postmodern. Problematic ideas of truth and representation play no part in their understanding of knowledge or its value. Nor does their perplexity about knowledge turn on untenable dichotomies like mind and matter, being and becoming, or appearance and reality. Their questions concern, for example, the relation of knowledge to wisdom and virtue; the limits of its effectiveness; and the right appreciation of its contribution to civilized life. These are not logical but ethical questions, questions not about essence or being but quality and value. What desirable quality distinguishes knowledge? What value makes it wise and worth pursuing?

13:30 ITB Seminar Room

Istanbul Technical University

Ayazağı Campus (which is in Maslak not Ayazağı!)

Fen-Edebiyat Fakultesi

Right by the İTU-Ayazağı metro station

Professor Allen is a visitor in the Department of Philosophy at Boğaziçi University for the current semester.

His homepage at McMaster http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~philos/people/profile_allen.php



Written by Barry Stocker

October 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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