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Visiting Scholar SedleyA University of Cambridge professor will be the keynote speaker at the Department of Philosophy’s annual Spring Symposium on Epicureanism on Saturday, March 14. His visit is part of the UT Humanities Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

David Sedley, Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Cambridge, will be the keynote speaker for the symposium with a talk titled “Epicurus on Taxonomy and Definition.” His talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1210 of McClung Tower.

Epicurus was a Greek philosopher and the founder of Epicureanism, a school of philosophy. Sedley’s lecture will discuss Epicurus’s negative views on taxonomic division, which were shaped by an encounter between him and an Aristotelian philosopher named Clearchus. Sedley will connect this rejection of taxonomy to Epicurus’s views on definition.

Sedley is a scholar of ancient philosophy, authoring five books on this subject. He has been a fellow of the British Academy since 1994 and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1998.

Two additional lectures remain:

  • March 25—Gail Hershatter, Distinguished Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz, “Did Rural Chinese Women Have a Revolution? If So, What Remains?”
  • April 1—Robert Darnton, Carl Pforzheimer University Professor and university librarian, Harvard University, “Books, Libraries and the Digital Future”


Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,