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Philosophy in its Ancient Beginnings: on the conceptualisation, criticism and justification of philo


In Antiquity, we find a lively debate about the meaning and value of philosophy and other rational endeavours. This debate formed our understanding of philosophy in a way that is still significant today. In this conference, we aim to bring papers on different aspects of this debate together, in order to better illuminate this debate and its ramifications. Core questions of the conference will be: What is philosophy and how did the understanding of “philosophy“ develop in Antiquity? What does the criticism of philosophy and similar rational endeavours in Antiquity consist in? Which kind of justification of philosophy and similar rational endeavours do we find in Antiquity?

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 21-22-23/07/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Humboldt-University Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Christopher Roser (Humboldt-University Berlin) ; Ronja Hildebrandt (Humboldt-University Berlin).

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Invited Speakers: Glenn W. Most (SNS Pisa/University of Chicago), Matthias Perkams (Universität Jena), John Sellar (King’s College London), Marina McCoy (Boston College), Monte Ransome Johnson (UC San Diego).

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