Breakfast Lectures

onsdag/wednesday 29.05. 10.00-11.00
torsdag/thursday 30.05. 10.00-11.00
fredag/friday 31.05 10.00-11.00
lørdag/saturday 01.06 10.00-11.00

The lectures will explore different ways of accessing the problem of self-exploration and self-knowledge, with a view to grasping how our (not quite) knowing ourselves may have a bearing on morality.

The lectures will start in antiquity, with
Phaedrus, Plato’s seminal text on the issue of self-knowledge, which brings to the fore the relation between Eros, conceptual understanding and self-knowledge.

We will continue with the philosopher who inspired artists and philosophers to break away from a conceptually based notion of self-knowledge, Nietzsche. Both his aestheticism and his conception of style will be central to our discussion.

In the third lecture we will see examples of the resurgence of Platonic thought in the 20ieth century, through two major philosophers, Simone Weil and Iris Murdoch, who in their moral thought give a central place to the notion of unselfing and also to the notion of obedience. In what sense may obedience be an expression of self-knowledge? Do these two philosophers represent a style of thought we can connect with at all, post Nietzsche?

The fourth lecture will take the South-African Nobel laureate Coetzee as its starting point, and we will look at our relationship with animals as a source and expression of (not quite) knowing ourselves. Coetzee asks: Is each creature a key to all other creatures? If so, what does it imply for our sense and understanding of the kind of creature we (as humans) are?

Anniken Greve