Prof. Anne Sheppard - 'The use of imagery in philosophy: Plotinus as a case-study'
4 December 2013 - 5:00-6:30 - Room IN029
Abstract: What role does imagery play in philosophy? Does it complement argument, or substitute for it? This issue will be addressed by examining some texts by Plotinus, a Greek philosopher writing in the 3rd century AD, in which the structure of the world is compared to the ordered variety of a dramatic performance. Anne Sheppard is a Professor of Ancient Philosophy. Her research interests are in Greek philosophy, especially Neoplatonism, and in ancient literary criticism. She is the author of Aesthetics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art (1987), co-editor of Greek and Roman Aesthetics (2010) and has published numerous other studies in Greek philosophy and aesthetics. She is currently completing Pictures of the Mind: The Poetics of Phantasia.