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London Group: Professor Armand d’Angour on Socrates

18th September 2019

Somerville London Group presents

Socrates in Love – The Making of a Philosopher
Professor Armand D’Angour, Associate Professor in Classics, Jesus College

On: Wednesday 18th September 2019, from 6.30pm
At: Oxford & Cambridge Club, 71-77 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HD

We are delighted that Professor Armand D’Angour will join us to talk about his research into the young life of Socrates and his discovery of evidence for the woman who may have been one of the greatest influences when he was developing his philosophical ideas.

Where did Socrates, the foundational figure of Western philosophy, get the inspiration for his original ideas about truth, love, justice, courage and knowledge? New research reveals that as a young man in 5th-century BC Athens, he came into contact with a fiercely intelligent woman, Aspasia of Miletus. Dr D’Angour argues that her ideas about love and transcendence inspired him to formulate key aspects of his thought.

If the evidence for this thesis is accepted, the history of philosophy will have taken a momentous turn: a woman who has been all but erased from the story must be acknowledged as laying the foundations of our 2,500-year old philosophical tradition.

“Write the name Aspasia on your hearts! History, as told by men, has often erased the role of women. Our new champion Armand D’Angour has pieced together the evidence – that a woman of great intellectual powers helped lay the foundations of Western philosophy. This is a delicious and exhilarating piece of serious scholarship” – Helena Kennedy

Reception from 6.30pm, talk begins at 7.00pm. Please note the Oxford & Cambridge Club has a dress code.

Tickets are £25 (£15 for graduates since 2015) – please click here to book.

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