[MaFLa] December 1., 17:30 -- Jim Hankinson: Experience and Expertise: Greek views concerning the acquisition of expert knowledge

Bodnar Istvan stb at elte.hu
Sat Nov 26 10:30:32 CET 2011

A CEU Center of Eastern Mediterranian Studies előadás-sorozatában

2011. december 1-én, csütörtökön, du. 5:30-kor

a CEU Nádor u. 13-as épületének 001-es termében

Jim Hankinson tart előadást

Experience and Expertise: Greek views concerning the acquisition of expert 



The concept of techne, skill or expertise, had a long history in the Greek 
world. The term is found already in Homer; but it is in the Classical 
period that the concept itself begins to be investigated. In particular, 
the question of whether medicine qualifies or not was the subject of 
debate in the Sophistical milieu of the late 5th-century, as exemplified 
by the Hippocratic text On the Techne. Both Plato and Aristotle contribute 
to the attempt to characterize the boundaries of the concept, and hence to 
determine whether or not rhetoric (for instance) qualifies - Plato says 
'no', Aristotle demurs. Such questions resurface in later antiquity, in 
the context both of philosophical definition and of practical as well as 
theoretical disputes as to the nature and foundation of medical practice. 
This talk will trace certain key features of this historical development.

R.J. Hankinson was educated in Britain, and has taught in Canada and the 
United States. He is currently professor of Philosophy and Classics at the 
University of Texas at Austin, and head of the Program in History and 
Philosophy of Science. He has published several books and numerous 
articles on various aspects of ancient philosophy and science, including 
The Sceptics and Cause and Explanation in Ancient Greek Thought. He is 
also the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Galen as well as the journal 
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