Schedule Archive

Spring 2017 Events

March 29: Pieter Sjoerd Hasper (Indiana University Bloomington)
Aristotle’s Argument from Universal Mathematics against the Existence of Platonic Forms

April 5: Emily Katz (Michigan State University)
Geometrical Objects as Properties of Sensibles

April 7–8: Second Annual Graduate Student Conference in Ancient Philosophy: Argument in Ancient Thought

April 19: Arnold Brooks (University of Chicago)
The Partwise Argument

April 26: Aparna Ravilochan (University of Chicago)
From One Generation to the Next: Consistency and Explanatory Power in Aristotle’s Theory of Heredity

May 17: Rory Hanlon (University of Chicago)
Aristotle on Perceptual Judgment and the Unity of the Perceptual Soul

May 24: Oliver Primavesi (Munich)
Textual criticism seminar on De Motu Animalium

Winter 2017 Events

February 1: Jonathan Beere (Humboldt) and Ben Morison (Princeton)
A Mathematical Form of Knowing How in Greek Geometry: the Nature of the Problem-Propositions

February 8: Noah Chafets (University of Chicago)
Appetite, Motivation and Desire for the Good in the Republic

February 15: Michael Moore (University of Chicago)
Beauty in the Beasts: The Final Cause and Beauty in Aristotle’s Biology

February 22: Leon Wash (University of Chicago)
One Learned to Grow from Many: Nature, Teleology and Metaphor in Empedocles

March 1: Josh Mendelsohn (University of Chicago)
Aristotle’s Durability Argument for the Necessity of What is Known

March 8: Edward Halper (University of Georgia)
The Principles and Elements of Sensible Ousiai in Metaphysics Lambda

Autumn 2016 Events

October 5: Rebekah Spearman (University of Chicago)
Law and Violence in Pindar Fr. 169 and Laws 690

October 14–15: Biennial conference of the Chicago Area Consortium
Evil? The Bad, the Ugly, and the Depraved in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy

October 26: Ermioni Prokopaki (University of Chicago)
The Method of Hypothesis: Mathematics & Dialectic

November 2: No meeting

November 16: David Orsbon (University of Chicago)
The Invention of Natura: Macrobius, Nature, and Allegory

November 30: Serena Lai (University of Chicago)
How Aristotle Gets by in Metaphysics Gamma

Spring 2016 Events

March 30: Arnold Brooks (University of Chicago)
Zeno’s Arrow, As It Stands

April 13: Luke Parker (University of Chicago)
Kosmos without cosmogony: Heraclitus and Milesian philosophy

May 4: Garrett Allen (University of Chicago)
Inside and Outside The Phaedrus

May 18: David Charles (Yale University)
Aristotle: Hylomorphism and harmony

May 19-20: Graduate student conference in Ancient Philosophy

May 25: Sean Kelsey (University of Notre Dame)
Socrates in the Gorgias

June 8: David Ebrey (Northwestern University)
The Cloak Maker Objection and the Final Immortality Argument

Winter 2016 Events

January 13: Emilio Comay del Junco (University of Chicago)
“Goodness and the unity of teleology”

January 27: Dhananjay Jagannathan (University of Chicago)
“Aristotle on Knowing the Ultimate End”

February 25: Joy Connolly (New York University)
“Another Anxiety of Influence: Imitating Virtue in 18th Century Revivals of Rome”
Special meeting co-sponsored with the Rhetoric and Poetics Workshop

March 9: John Ellison (University of Chicago)
“Law and Justice in Plato’s Republic

March 16: David Sedley (Cambridge)
Socrates’ “Second Voyage” (Plato, Phaedo 99d-102a)

Autumn 2015 Events

October 7: Joseph Bjelde (né Barnes) (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
“What is Meno’s question about the Value of Knowledge?”

October 21: Aryeh Kosman (Haverford College)
As part of Professor Kosman’s seminar series on his book, The Activity of Being (HUP: 2013) [handout].

November 18: Serena Lai (The University of Chicago)
“On an Aristotelian Science of Nature: the unity of phusikē

December 2: Joshua Mendelsohn (The University of Chicago)
Epagōgē and syllogismos in Posterior Analytics I.1 (and beyond)” [handout]

Spring 2015 Events

1 April – Noah Chafets (CST) “The Good and its Guises: Desire in the Gorgias
22 April – Willie Costello (Toronto) “The theory of ingredient causation in the Phaedo
23 April – Mariska Leunissen (UNC) “Aristotle on the biological imperfections and the moral deficiencies of women” (Philosophy Department CAS Distinguished Visitor Series), Rosenwald 405, 4.45-6.45pm
6 May – Rusty Jones (Harvard) “The Real Challenge of the Republic
13 May – Jenny Strauss Clay (UVA) on Parmenides, Empedocles, and the epic tradition (Cosponsored with Rhetoric & Poetics)
3 June – A. Brooks (Philosophy) “Two Arguments against Atomism in Physics 6″ :: paper

Winter 2015 Events

28 January – E. Fletcher (Wisconsin-Madison) “Plato on False and Deceptive Pleasures”
5 February – Clara Auvray-Assayas (University of Rouen) “Cicero, Renaissance Humanism and Modern Reception of Ancient Philosophy”, co-sponsored with Rhetoric & Poetics (NB: unusual time and place: 3-5pm Franke Institute)
11 February – D. Jagannathan (Chicago) “Knowledge and Virtuous Choice in Aristotle”
25 February – C. Shields (Notre Dame) “A Series of Goods”
4 March – Jana Bleckmann (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) “The Use of Ambivalent Impressions in Plato’s Republic” :: paper
11 March – A. Brooks (Chicago) POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING QUARTER

Autumn 2014 Events (Partial Schedule)

October 1 – Prof. James Wilberding (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), “The Influence of Metaphysics in Embryology: The Case of Neoplatonism” :: handout
October 8 – Phaedo translation group, 57a1-59c7
October 15 – Phaedo translation group, 59c8-61c1
October 22 – Prof. Rachana Kamtekar (Arizona), “Rational desire and (un-)willing action” :: paper
October 29 – Phaedo translation group
November 5 – Phaedo translation group
November 7-8 – Biennial Chicago Area Consortium in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy Conference, The Human and the Divine
November 19 – Joshua Mendelsohn (Philosophy) “Functional explanations of the categories: Aristotle’s place in the history of their development” :: paper
The reading group will not meet Wed 26 November, but will resume the following week.

2013-2014 Schedule

Spring Quarter AGARP Talks
April 2 – Dhananjay Jagannathan (Philosophy), “Practical Wisdom and Learning to Rule Well in Aristotle’s Politics” *NB: there will be no paper precirculated for this talk
April 23 – Noah Chafets (Social Thought), “Desire, Craft, and Persuasion in the Gorgias
May 7 – Luke Parker (Classics & Social Thought), “Text and Poetics in Heraclitus (and Plato)” == Joint meeting with the Rhetoric & Poetics Workshop ==
May 14 – Susan Sauvé Meyer (Penn), “Stoic orexis: the psychology of action and passion”
May 28 – Rachel Barney (Toronto), “Three kinds of Socratic courage” | draft paper
Other Spring Quarter Events
May 23-24 – Conference on Aristotle’s Metaphysics and Logic
Translation Group
We will be reading Plotinus, Ennead IV.3, “Problems concerning the Soul, part 1” over the course of the year in weeks without talks. Translation meetings are led (usually) by graduate students who make a brief presentation to introduce each week’s selection. All participants then take turns translating and discussing the text. [Greek Text (OCT, Henry-Schwyzer)]
April 9 – IV.3.19-20, 15 (49 lines) led by Leon Wash
April 16 – IV.3.20, 15 – end; 21 (57 lines) led by Dhananjay Jagannathan
April 30 – IV.3.22 – 23, 27 (44 lines) led by Noah Chafets
May 21 – IV.3.23, 27 – end; 24 (48 lines) led by Luke Parker

Winter Quarter AGARP Talks
Jan. 8 – Ben Morison (Princeton), What makes a syllogism perfect?
Friday, Feb. 7, 2.30-4.30pm, STU 209Pieter Sjoerd Hasper (Indiana), Aristotle on Experience and Universal Knowledge
Feb. 12 – Ramon Lopez (Political Science, UChicago), Aristotle’s Standard of Justice
Feb. 26 – John Ellison (Social Thought, UChicago), Plato’s Sophist on Truth | draft paper
— jointly sponsored with the Committee on Social Thought Colloquium —
Thursday, Mar. 6, 3.30-5pmDavid Wray (Classics, UChicago), Seneca’s Shame
— jointly sponsored with the Rhetoric & Poetics Workshop
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February 26 – March 1, Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association
list of ancient philosophy sessions
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Translation Group
We will be reading Plotinus, Ennead IV.3, “Problems concerning the Soul, part 1” over the course of the year in weeks without talks. Translation meetings are led (usually) by graduate students who make a brief presentation to introduce each week’s selection. All participants then take turns translating and discussing the text. [Greek Text (OCT, Henry-Schwyzer)]
Jan. 15 – IV.3.9 (51 lines) – led by Noah Chafets
Jan. 22 – IV.3.10 (42 lines) – led by Leon Wash
Jan. 29 – IV.3.11-12, 19 (46 lines) – led by Luke Parker
Feb. 5 – IV.3.12, 19 – 13 ad finem (52 lines) – led by Gabriel Lear
Feb. 19 – IV.3.14-15 (41 lines) – led by Dhananjay Jagannathan
Mar. 5 – IV.3.16-17 (56 lines)
Mar. 12 – IV.3.18-19, 22 (46 lines)
Autumn Quarter Talks
Oct. 2 – Arnold Brooks (Philosophy) | The Problem of Change
Oct. 30 – Bart van Wassenhove (Classics) | Advocatum ista non quaerunt: Admonition, the Sublime and the Seeds of the Virtues in Seneca’s Letters
— jointly sponsored with the Rhetoric & Poetics Workshop
Nov. 13 – Lloyd Gerson (Toronto) | Plato’s Rational Souls
Dec. 4 – John Wynne (Northwestern) | Stoic Beautydraft paper

Translation Group
We will be reading Plotinus, Ennead IV.3, “Problems concerning the Soul, part 1” over the course of the year in weeks without talks. Translation meetings are led by graduate students who make a brief presentation to introduce each week’s selection. All participants then take turns translating and discussing the text. [Greek Text (OCT, Henry-Schwyzer)]
Oct. 9 – c. 1 (37 lines) led by Dhananjay Jagannathan (Philosophy) || presentation handout | draft minutes
Oct. 16 – c. 2, 1 – 44 (44 lines) led by Andrew Horne (Classics) || draft minutes
Oct. 23 – c. 2, 44 – 3, 31 (46 lines) led by Noah Chafets (Social Thought) || presentation handout| draft minutes
Nov. 6 – c. 4 (37 lines) led by John Ellison (Social Thought)
Nov. 13, 12-1.30pm – special seminar with Lloyd Gerson
Nov. 20 – cc. 5-6 (52 lines) led by Leon Wash (Classics)
Dec. 11 [Time and location TBD] – c. 7-8, 10 (41 lines) led by Dhananjay Jagannathan (Philosophy)
c. 8, 10 – 60 (50 lines) led by Luke Parker (Classics & Social Thought)

2012-2013 Schedule

Spring Quarter
4/3- Noah Chafets (University of Chicago, Social Thought) “Musical Education, Law and Rhetoric in the ‘Republic'”
Paper can be found here.
4/10- Euthydemus pp. 293-4
4/17- Euthydemus pp. 295-6
4/25- Julia Annas (University of Arizona) “Changing From Within: Plato’s Later Political Thinking”
Paper can be found here.
5/1- David Ebrey (Northwestern University) “Purification in the Phaedo”
Paper can be found here.
5/8- Euthydemus pp. 297-8 (Meeting in Professor Asmis’ office)
5/15- Euthydemus pp. 299-300
5/22- Dhananjay Jagannathan (University of Chicago, Philosophy) “Aristotle on starting from what we know in ethics”
Paper can be found here.
5/29- Euthydemus pp. 301-302
6/5- Michael Crema (University of Chicago, Philosophy) “The Socratic Roots of the Stoic Theory of Kathekonta”
Paper can be found here.
6/12- Euthydemus pp. 303 ff.

2012-2013 Schedule

Winter Quarter
1/9- Euthydemus pp. 280-281
1/16- Euthydemus pp. 282-283
1/23- Jonny Thakkar (University of Chicago) “The Role of Ideals in Plato’s Republic”
1/30- Euthydemus pp. 284-285
2/6- Euthydemus pp. 286-287
2/13- Euthydemus pp. 288-289
2/20- Euthydemus pp. 290-291
2/27- Euthydemus pp. 292-3
3/6- Euthydemus pp.294-5
3/13- Nathan Rothschild (University of Chicago) “One’s Own as Self Invoking and the Educability of τὸ θυμοειδής”
Paper can be found here.

Fall

10/3/12 – Euthydemus – 271-2

10/10/12 – Eric Brown (Washington University in St. Louis) Socrates the Stoic? 

10/17/12 – Alex Lee (University of Chicago, Classics) Intellectual Vision and The Role of Patterns in Persuasion

10/24/12 – Euthydemus – 273-4

10/31/12 – Euthydemus – 275-6

11/7/12 – Alex Gottesman (Temple University) “Gossip” and the Public Sphere in Plato’s Magnesia

11/14/12 – Euthydemus – 277-8

11/21/12 – NO MEETING

11/28/12 – André Laks (University of Paris-Sorbonne) Private Matters in Plato’s Laws

12/5/12 – Euthydemus – 279-80

Winter

1/9- Euthydemus 280-281

1/16- Euthydemus 282-283

1/23- Jonny Thakkar (University of Chicago, Social Thought) “The Role of Ideals in Plato’s Republic”

1/30- Euthydemus 284-285

2/6- Euthydemus 286-287

2/13- Euthydemus 288-289

2/20- Euthydemus 290-291

2/27- Euthydemus 292-3

3/6- Euthydemus 294-5

3/13- Nathan Rothschild (University of Chicago, Philosophy) “One’s Own as Self Invoking and the Educability of τὸ θυμοειδής”

Spring 

4/3- Noah Chafets (University of Chicago, Social Thought) “Musical Education, Law and Rhetoric in the ‘Republic'”

4/10- Euthydemus 293-4

4/17- Euthydemus 295-6

4/25- Julia Annas (University of Arizona) “Changing From Within: Plato’s Later Political Thinking”

5/1- David Ebrey (Northwestern University) “Purification in the Phaedo”

5/8- Euthydemus 297-8 (Meeting in Professor Asmis’ office)

5/15- Euthydemus 299-300

5/22- Dhananjay Jagannathan (University of Chicago, Philosophy) “Aristotle on starting from what we know in ethics”

5/29- Euthydemus 301-302

6/5- Michael Crema (University of Chicago, Philosophy) “The Socratic Roots of the Stoic Theory of Kathekonta”

6/12- Euthydemus 303 ff.

 

2011-2012 Schedule

Fall 2011

 

9/28/11 – On Generation and Corruption – we’ll translate 314a1 – 314b1.  An electronic version of the text is available here.

9/29/11 – Bart Van Wassenhove (Classics) — “Ecquid erubescitis? Admonition and Emotion in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales” – 3:30 pm, Classics 21

10/5/11 – On Generation and Corruption – 314b2 – 315a24

10/12/11 – On Generation and Corruption – 315a25 – 316a14

10/19/11 – Jennifer Whiting of the University of Toronto – “Fools’ Pleasures in Plato’s Philebus

10/26/11 – On Generation and Corruption – 316a5 – 316b34

11/2/11 – On Generation and Corruption – 316b10 – 317a31

11/9/11 – On Generation and Corruption – 317a32 – 318a23

11/16/11 – On Generation and Corruption – 318a13 – 318b33

11/30/11 – Arnold Brooks (Philosophy) – The Dilemma of Physics I.8

12/7/11 – Extended translation session, 4-6 pm:  On Generation and Corruption – 318b18 – 319b5

 

Winter 2012

 

1/11/12 – James Redfield (faculty, Classics and Social Thought) – Philosophical Egkrateia

1/18/12 – On Generation and Corruption – 319b6 – 320a7

2/1/12 – On Generation and Corruption – 320a8 – 320b12

2/3/12 – Jacob Rosen (Humboldt University) – Essence and End in Aristotle – 11:30 am, Wieboldt 102

2/8/12 – On Generation and Corruption – 320b12 – 321a29

2/15/12 – On Generation and Corruption – 321a29 – 322a4

2/22/12 – Alex Lee (Classics) – The response to dialectical deficiency in the Republic

2/29/12 – Mariska Leunissen of UNC Chapel Hill – Natural Scientific Method in Aristotle’s On Generation and Corruption? (handout)

3/7/12 – On Generation and Corruption – 321b25 – 322a33

 

Spring 2012

 

3/28/12 – Arnold Brooks (Philosophy) – Metaphysics and the Law of Non-Contradiction

3/30/12 – 3/31/12 – Workshop on Technē – workshop schedule

Sean Kelsey – Truth and technē  (workshop paper)

4/4/12 – Katja Vogt of Columbia University – What is Ignorance?  Plato on Presumed Knowledge, Wishful Thinking, and Not Understanding Your Own Thoughts

4/11/12 – Rana Saadi Liebert (Classics) – Pity and Disgust in Plato’s Republic:  The Case of Leontius

4/18/12 – On Generation and Corruption – 322b1 – 322b26

4/25/12 – On Generation and Corruption – 322b26 – 323a34

5/2/12 – Noah Chafets (Social Thought) – Auditors and Other Lovers:  Rhetoric, Love and Writing in Plato’s Phaedrus

5/9/12 – Dhananjay Jagannathan (Philosophy) – Aristotle on Practical Knowledge and the Starting Points of Ethical Inquiry

5/16/12 – On Generation and Corruption – 323b1 – 324a9

5/23/12 – On Generation and Corruption – 324a9 – 324b4

5/30/12 – Michael Crema (Philosophy) – Stoic Oikeiosis