A new Classics research centre at the University of St Andrews is to be formally opened this week (Friday 15th March 2002) with a lecture by one of the most distinguished academics in the field of Classics and Philosophy.
The LOGOS Centre, at the School of Greek, Latin and Ancient History, will play host to Professor Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School.
Professor Nussbaum will deliver a public lecture entitled ‘The Worth of Human Dignity: two tensions in Stoic Cosmopolitanism’.
Professor Nussbaum is an immensely distinguished academic and social commentator who has written numerous books on Greek philosophy, social justice and philosophy and the law. This will by no means be Professor Nussbaum’s first visit to St Andrews – she was conferred an honorary degree here in 1996.
Professor Stephen Halliwell, a Professor of Greek at St Andrews, said:
“The School of Greek, Latin and Ancient History is delighted to be hosting a seminar by one of the most exciting, original minds working today across the combined fields of Classics and Philosophy.
“Martha Nussbaum’s unrivalled ability to bring together ancient and modern thought in an ongoing, interdisciplinary dialogue makes this a perfect occasion for us to inaugurate our new research centre, LOGOS,” he said.
The aim of the LOGOS research centre will be to promote collaborative research on the various ways in which Greeks and Romans understood their world.
Members of the public are invited to attend the lecture, which is free of charge. The lecture will begin at 4.15pm in School III, St Salvators’ Quad, St Andrews.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
The LOGOS Centre for the Study of Ancient Systems of Knowledge was created in 2001 by the University of St. Andrews. The research activities of the centre will be formally inaugurated on Friday 15th March, 2002.
The Centre is based on the School of Greek, Latin and Ancient History with the participation of academic staff from Divinity, English, International Relations and Philosophy. The Director of the Centre is currently Professor Greg Woolf.
The Centre’s brief is to promote collaborative research on the various ways in which Greeks and Romans understood their world. It draws on local expertise in ancient science and ancient religion, on philosophy and political thought, on historiography, aesthetics and hermeneutics. The Centre will promote a series of conferences and workshops exploring the interactions of these spheres of discourse and in developing longer term projects on technical and encyclopaedic writing.
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