The speaker for the next DPRS session is Dr Jurgen Gatt. The seminar is entitled ‘I confess, I am innocent’: Suneidetic Knowledge in Antiphon.
Jurgen Gatt graduated from Medicine in 2005. After two years of working as a doctor, he re-entered university as an undergraduate to study classics. In 2009, he continued his studies with a thought masters at the University College London, where his thesis focused on the Socratic elenchus. After graduating in 2010, he started a joint Classics and the History and Philosophy of Science PhD at UCL, which he hopes to finish later this year. His current research focuses on notions of evidence in late 5th century prose and, more specifically, on the epistemology of testimony and testimonial evidence in early rhetoric and historiography. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Lecturer at the University of Malta, where he lectures on Homer, Plato and Herodotus, and a Casual Lecturer at Junior College, where he teaches Intermediate level ‘Classical Studies’.
The aim of this talk is two-fold. Firstly, it attempts to reconstruct the intellectual climate of the 5th century BC with respect to a philosophically important, and dense, notion. Secondly, it is my hope that the talk shall also serve as a case-study of the methodology which may be used in the study of ancient texts.