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Christopher Roser M.Phil.


Ancient Philosophy (APhil)


2014  07/2021    
PhD candidate at BerGSAS and at the DFG Project 'Philosophy, Science and the Sciences'

2013  2014     
Pre-doc at Graduate Program of Ancient Philosophy at the Humboldt University Berlin

2012  2013     
M.Phil. in Classics at the University of Cambridge

2007  2011     
Magister Philosophiae in Philosophy, Logic and Theory of Science at Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich

The Epistemic Value of Logos. Gorgias, Isocrates, and Plato on the Possibility of Giving Reasons to Others

How can one spell out what is rational and reasonable – before one has a formal logic at hand? And how can one justify that it is important to be rational and reasonable in a non-trivial way? How to solve the deep disagreement between two parties adhering to different standards of rationality? Moreover, the more historical questions: How did ideas about what is rational and reasonable and that it is important to be rational and reasonable appear at the beginning of philosophy in Ancient Greece? These are the leading questions in my study on Plato’s dialogues – specifically Gorgias, Protagoras and Euthydemus – and ancient sophistical and rhetorical texts – specifically in Gorgias, Antiphon, Alcidamas and Isocrates.