Classics Colloquium: Lesley Dean-Jones, Does Aristotle's Physis Justify His Oikos?

October 10, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
101 Becker Communication Studies Building


Please join us this Thursday, October 10 for our second Classics Colloquium of the Fall! Lesley Dean-Jones, Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin will be giving a talk titled “Does Aristotle's Physis Justify His Oikos?” at 5:00pm in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building.

Admirers of Aristotle's philosophy in every other category are often repulsed at his claims that women are naturally subordinate to men and non-Greeks to Greeks. It is impossible, they claim, to dismiss charges of sexism and racism as anachronistic because Aristotle's own theory of the nature of the human eidos undercuts his political theory, and he is either made oblivious to this fact by his own prejudices or deliberately suppresses the incongruity. Professor Dean-Jones will argue that, while Aristotle is undoubtedly prejudiced in favor of the Greek male, there are arguments in the biological works which support his claims about the oikos in the Politics. If this claim can be sustained, Aristotle should be acquitted of the charge of intellectual dishonesty or naivété.

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