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Metaphysics and Epistemology in Plato’s Academy -21-22/02/2018, Durham (England)


A workshop to investigate the relationships between metaphysics and epistemology as they were interwoven within Plato’s Academy. It seeks to understand the co-implication of the theories of being and knowledge not only as they are expressed in Plato’s later dialogues (especially Sophist, Philebus, Statesmanand Laws) but also in the writings and testimonies of Plato’s younger contemporaries in the Academy (Eudoxus, Aristotle, Speusippus, Xenocrates, Philip of Opus, and Heraclides of Pontus).


Please, note that the workshop is meant to coincide with the visits of Lloyd Gerson (Toronto) and David Sedley (Cambridge) to the newly-launched Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy on, respectively, the 20th and 22nd of February.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 21-22/02/2018


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: St Chad College, Durham University (Durham, England)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Carlo Cacciatori (Durham University); Giulia De Cesaris (Durham University); Emilio Zucchetti (Newcastle University).

INFO: web - carlo.cacciatori@durham.ac.uk ; giulia.de-cesaris@durham.ac.uk


INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: gratis / free / gratuito

[email to: carlo.cacciatori@durham.ac.uk ; giulia.de-cesaris@durham.ac.uk ]

[deadline: 16/02/2018]

PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA: 21/02/18



09.00-09.30 Reception and coffee


09.30-09.40 Opening Remarks


09.40-10.40 Thomas Bénatouïl (Lille): Speusippus between metaphysics and epistemology



10.40-11.40 Filippo Forcignanò (Milan): Mixing Anaxagoras and Plato in the Old Academy:

Eudoxus' immanentism and the Theory of Forms


11.40-12.00 Coffee Break


12.00-13.00 Laura Castelli (Munich): The incompatibility between Forms and Principles in

Aristotle’s περὶ ἰδεῶν


13.00 Lunch


14.30-15.30 Roberto Granieri (Toronto): The Divisio Aristotelea 67M/32DL and the Debate on

the Two Categories in the Early Academy



15.30-16.00 Coffee Break


16.00-17.00 David Sedley (Cambridge): Xenocrates and the invention of Platonism


20.00 Dinner



22/02/18


09.30-10.00 Coffee


10.00-11.00 Georgia Tsouni (Bern): TBA


11.00-11.15 Coffee Break


11.15-12.15 Victor Gysenbergh (Berlin): Eudoxus of Cnidus and Plato’s Academy


12.15-12.25 Closing Remarks



Chairs of Sessions

George Boys-Stones (Durham); Tiziano Dorandi (Paris); Lloyd Gerson (Toronto); Nathan Gilbert (Durham); Phillip Horky (Durham); Federico Petrucci (Durham); Christopher Rowe (TBC, Durham).


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