Leverhulme Research Fellowship for Jon Hesk

jph4Congratulations to Jon Hesk, who has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2016-17, to work on his latest book project, entitled Intellectual and deliberative virtue from Homer to Aristotle: an archaeology.

In Jon’s words:

“The sciences have revealed that our decisions are much less grounded in ‘rationality’ and much more susceptible to biases of perception and errors of calculation than we commonly imagine. I will show that ancient Greek poets, orators and intellectuals were startlingly aware of these vulnerabilities. And they developed a notion of ‘intellectual and deliberative virtue’ in response. My ‘archaeology’ of this notion works backwards from Aristotle’s explicit taxonomy of theoretical and practical wisdom to Homer’s astute advisers and headstrong heroes. It unearths the story of how Greek epic, drama, historiography, rhetoric and philosophy can teach us to be better decision-makers.”

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