Konstan om Beauty and the Greeks

David Konstan, professor of Classics, New York University, promoveras till hedersdoktor vid språkvetenskapliga fakulteten, Uppsala universitet.

I samband med promotionen (som äger rum i universitetsaulan fredagen den 30/1, kl 12.15) håller han en hedersdoktorsföreläsning över ämnet Beauty and the Greeks:

Modern aesthetics has encountered deep problems concerning the nature of beauty.  For example, beauty is associated with erotic attraction, and yet it is widely supposed that the proper response to a beautiful work of art disinterested contemplation.  Again, it is debated whether work of art can be called beautiful if its subject matter is repulsive.  These dilemmas seem not to have troubled the ancient Greeks.  Was their conception of beauty different from our own?  Did they even have a distinct idea of beauty at all?  Eminent authorities have denied that they did, and the question remains controversial.  In my lecture, I argue that the Greeks did indeed have an idea of beauty, and that scholars have been confused because they have been looking at the wrong Greek words.

Efter föreläsningen blir det mingel på Institutionen för lingvistik och filologi. Alla är hjärtligt välkomna!

Tid: tisdagen den 3 februari, kl. 16.15
Plats: Engelska parken, sal 16-0043