Nick Denyer: "Stilpo of Megara and the Uses of Argument"

Nick Denyer (Cambridge): "Stilpo of Megara and the Uses of Argument". Listen to the talk here.

Abstract

Stilpo engaged triumphantly in repartee with the great dialectician Diodorus Cronus, with the celebrated courtesan Glycera, with the king Demetrius Poliorcetes, and even with Poseidon and the Mother of the Gods. He also put his talents to use in devising consolatory arguments, to fortify us in the face of exile, bereavement, and unchaste daughters. In this talk, I will attempt to bring together the different aspects of Stilpo's intellectual activities: the guiding thread will be domination by superiority in argument. 

Those who wish to read up in advance will find the sources for Stilpo collected in two editions: 

Klaus Döring, Die Megariker (Amsterdam, 1972) 46-51, and Gabriele Giannantoni, Socratis et Socraticorum Reliquiae (Naples, 1990) i.449-468