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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Professor Malcolm Heath: Human Uniqueness and Humanity Diversity in Aristotle

18th February 2009, 17:30, Ritson Room, Department of Classics

This is the sixth lecture in the Being Human - Classical Perspectives Lecture Series.

How do human beings differ from other animals? How do human beings differ from each other? This paper probes Aristotle's answers to these fundamental questions of anthropology, taking the production and consumption of poetry - a unique and universal human behaviour - as a test case.

What cluster of traits enables and motivates this behaviour? How far are these traits shared with nonhuman animals? What dimensions of human diversity would be relevant to understanding the diversity of poetic practices?

Contact ingo.gildenhard@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.