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The Poetry of Greek Philosophy - 21-22/06/2018, London (England)

The idea of the workshop is to get beyond Plato’s legend of the ‘ancient quarrel’ to examine ways in which Greek poetry/song/literature (in its language, themes and cultural authority) interacts with and influences philosophical thought, with opportunities to explore both broader themes in intellectual history and the interpretation of particular texts and authors. Our seminar will focus on the Presocratics and will be held over two days at UCL, on June 21-22, 2018. Six papers (half of them on Parmenides, and half on other early thinkers and poets) by a mix of younger and more experienced scholars will be followed, on the afternoon of the second day, by a reading session built around the text of Parmenides’ proem. A number of senior scholars expert in the field will be there to chair papers and lend their insights in discussion.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 21-22/06/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Union Building, University College Londong (London, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Peter Agócs (UCL); Joshua Billings (Princeton)



There will be a conference dinner (free of charge for speakers and session chairs, but not for other participants). If you are interested in coming to that, please tell us in the ‘further notes’ part of the Eventbrite form, so that we can make predictions about numbers. Lunch will be provided on Friday for those who register in advance.


Thursday, 21st June (venue: UCL Union building, 25 Gordon St., Maths 500 lecture theatre, WC1H OAY). 1:00-1:30 Arrival, introductions 1:30-3:00 Chiara Ferella (Berlin), ‘The Metaphor Domain of War in the philosophy of Heraclitus and Empedocles’ 3:15-4:45 Tom Mackenzie (UCL), ‘See things which though Absent are Present to the Mind’: Parmenides and Enargeia’ 5:-6:30 James Lesher (UNC), 'The Locality Problem: Knowledge and Distance in Early Greek Poetry and Philosophy' 7:30 conference dinner Friday, 22nd June (venue: Gordon House, 29 Gordon Sq., room 106, WC1H 0PP). 9:30-11:00 Shaul Tor (KCL), 'Parmenides on Language and the Language of Parmenides' 11:15-12:45 Nicoló Benzi (UCL), 'Epicharmus and the Rhetoric of Philosophy' 2:00-3:30 Victoria Wohl (Toronto), 'Ananke's Bonds: The Violence of Language and the Language of Violence in Parmenides' 4:00-6:00 reading session: Parmenides fr. 1B D-K

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