Anthony Kenny – On Translating Aristotle’s Ethics

Event Date: 11 February 2014

Windsor Auditorium
Royal Holloway
University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

The Department of Classics at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Dabis Lecture

Professor Sir Anthony Kenny (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Oxford) – On Translating Aristotle’s Ethics

Aristotle’s Greek word kalon can mean beautiful and also morally noble. Does that mean that for Aristotle ethics and aesthetics are the same thing? When we in English have many different words to translate one word of his, does that mean that we are sensitive to differences he ignored, or that we are insensitive to similarities that were important for him?

Sir Anthony John Patrick Kenny FBA is an English philosopher whose interests lie in the philosophy of mind, ancient and scholastic philosophy, the philosophy of Wittgenstein and the philosophy of religion. With Peter Geach, he has made a significant contribution to Analytical Thomism, a movement whose aim is to present the thought of St Thomas Aquinas in the style of modern philosophy by clearing away the trappings and obscurities of traditional Thomism. He is one of the executors of Wittgenstein’s literary estate. He is a former President of the British Academy and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

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