DIP Colloquium: Special Lecture on Logic and Rhetoric in ancient Latin and ancient Chinese

(This is not a LIRa event. The next LIRa is on Thursday with Allard Tamminga.)

Please note the following announcement for a lecture organized by the DIP colloquium, for all students and staff members interested in connections between logic and language as seen in China and the West.

A special lecture will be given by an international autority on language and logic, in the widest sense, in ancient China. Christoph Harbsmeier will be visiting the Amsterdam Colloquium and would also like to meet with the ILLC community. He is a collaborator on the Handbook of the History of Logical Thought in China that is part of the ILLC-Tsinghua Joint Research Center in Logic, and he is known for his wide erudition on Chinese language and literature, and his engaging presentation style.

Date and Time: Tuesday 15th December 2015, 14:00 – 15:30

Speaker: Christoph Harbsmeier (University of Oslo)

Title: Logical and Rhetorical Complexity in Classical Latin versus Classical Chinese.

Location: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107

Eric H. Lenneberg (Language 1953) states: “A basic maxim in linguistics is that anything can be expressed in any language.” Jerrold Katz concurs: “Every proposition is the sense of some sentence in each natural language.” This talk explores problems of logical as well as rhetorical intertranslatability with special reference to classical Latin and classical Chinese.