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Essence, Power, and Activity in Classical and Late Antiquity - 08-09/09/2015, Oxford (England)

This conference stems from a collaboration between British and French teams and aims at investigating the dynamic relations between the concepts of essence, power and activity structuring Ancient thought, via the organisation of two international meetings, the other to take place in March 2016 in Paris. Starting with Plato and Aristotle, it further investigates conceptual developments in the fields of metaphysics and theology, until the wake of the Christian era.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 08-09/09/2015

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Ryle Room - Faculty of Philosophy - Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (Oxford, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: A. Marmodoro (U. Oxford) ; E. Viltanioti (U. Oxford) ; Ph. Hoffmann ; G. Casas ; A. Lecerf (CNRS, École Pratique des Hautes Études)

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Tuesday 8th September

15.30-17.00 - David Sedley (University of Cambridge) “The Metaphysics of the Phaedo” (provisional topic). Discussant: Anna Marmodoro. Chair: Riccardo Chiaradonna

17.00-17.30 - Coffee/tea break

17.30-19.00 - Maria-Michela Sassi (Università di Pisa) “Ancient Reflections on the Power of Colour of Being Perceived”. Discussant: Anna Marmodoro. Chair: Naoya Iwata

19.00 - Dinner

Wednesday 9th September

9.30-11.00 - Jan Opsomer (KU Leuven) “Essence, Power, and Activity in Proclus’ Philosophy of Nature”. Discussant: Philippe Hoffmann. Chair: Eirini-Foteini Viltanioti

11.00-11.30 - Coffee/tea break

11.30-13.00 - Laurent Lavaud (Université Paris-I) “What is the Difference Between Energeia and Kinesis? A Neoplatonic Controversy”. Discussant: Ghislain Casas. Chair: Tamer Nawar

13.00-14.30 - Lunch

14.30-16.00 - Riccardo Chiaradonna (Università di Roma Tre) “Essence, Being, and Activity in Early Neoplatonism: The Anonymous Commentary on Plato’s Parmenides”. Discussant: Adrien Lecerf. Chair: Philippe Hoffmann

16.00-16.30 - Coffee/tea break

16.30-18.00 - Mark Edwards (University of Oxford) “Dunamis in Christian Theology of the Fourth Century” Discussant: Eirini-Foteini Viltanioti. Chair: Anna Marmodoro.

19.00 - Dinner

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