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The First Sir Jeremy Morse IGRCT Lecture

Professor David Konstan delivering The First Sir Jeremy Morse IGRCT Lecture. Photo courtesy of Richard Cole.

23 May 2017

On 25th April 2017 we were delighted to welcome Professor David Konstan (New York University) to give The First Sir Jeremy Morse IGRCT Lecture.

Professor Konstan asked whether Aristotle, in the 'Poetics', recognised aesthetic emotions; that is, emotions evoked purely by our experience of artistic works. His talk ranged from ancient Greek tragedy to contemporary film and philosophy as he argued that yes, Aristotle did recognise aesthetic emotions, and that when viewing tragedy what we actually experience are both aesthetic, and, in fact real, emotions.

As with our last public lecture by Professor Marina Warner, we have uploaded Professor Konstan's magisterial (and entertaining!) lecture to our YouTube channel, where you can also hear the response given by our own Dr Giles Pearson.

Our thanks to Professor Konstan, Dr Pearson, and to all who came to see the first in this exciting new series of lectures.

Sir Jeremy Morse (1928 - 2016), was Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 1989 to 2003, and former President of the Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT). Sir Jeremy was one of the Institute's staunchest supporters. 

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