Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Map of Happiness

My PhD thesis is about Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas' concept of happiness, but I never thought of how people see themselves. Probably, because I was more interested in the theoretical approach. And not until I found a strange website called "The Map of Happiness" -- http://www.mapofhappiness.com/

Colloque international, Université de Nancy 2: "Expertus sum : l’expérience par les sens en philosophie naturelle médiévale"

Date et lieu

Du jeudi 5 février 2009 à 9h00 au samedi 7 février à 13h, à l’Université Nancy 2, Campus Lettres et Sciences Humaines, 3 place Godefroid de Bouillon, 54000 Nancy, France.

Organisation et Contacts


La thématique de l’expérience sera abordée sous les aspects de la théorie de la connaissance, des liens entre experientia et auctoritas, de la formulation de l’expérience dans les textes et du genre littéraire consacré à l’expérience. On envisage d’examiner les questions suivantes :

Comment l’expérience par les sens est-elle considérée par les philosophi naturales par rapport à la rationalité ?

Importance de la transmission des connaissances dans l’évolution de la notion d’expérience.

Influence des textes traduits du grec, de l’arabe et de l’hébreu sur l’émergence de l’expérience et les mutations consécutives des classifications des sciences.

Parts respectives de l’auctoritas livresque et de l’expérience par les sens dans les ouvrages de philosophie naturelle. Signification des expressions expertus sum, cum expertum fuerit, experimentator, etc., dans les textes philosophiques (commentaires, compilations didactiques, questions disputées, etc.).

Théories de la forme spécifique, de la forme substantielle, des qualités naturelles, etc. : la philosophie de la nature face à l’expérience.

Naissance du genre des experimenta – leur place dans les domaines de la médecine, de la pharmacopée, de l’alchimie, de l’astrologie, de la physiognomonie et en général dans les sciences naturelles. Avec une attention particulière pour l’évolution des disciplines savantes suite à l’émergence de la magie.

Limites chronologiques et principe d’organisation

La période d’assimilation des connaissances qui accompagne ou succède à la traduction des textes greco- et arabo-latins (12e-14e s., avec prolongements éventuels), mais en tenant compte de la transmission des savoirs depuis l’Antiquité.

C’est la raison pour laquelle l’organisation du colloque prévoit non seulement l’intervention de médiévistes comme orateurs, mais aussi de spécialistes de l’Antiquité comme « discutants » pour chacune des « sessions » du colloque.

More details on Calenda

pipl - search people on the Internet

Today, while I was searching for various medievalists, I found a very useful tool for this kind of web search -- pipl.com. I was amazed by the results. Try looking for your own name :D

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Artemidorus Papyrus Conference

St. John's College, Oxford University, June 13th, 2008.

The one-day conference at St John's College, Oxford, aims to bring specialists on all aspects of the papyrus together. We are especially glad that colleagues from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the UK and the USA have agreed to participate: While Prof Dr Luciano Canfora (Bari/Italy) has had to cancel due to other commitments, we shall hear Prof Dr Margarethe Billerbeck (Fribourg/CH), Prof Dr Bärbel Kramer (Trier/Germany), Dr Dirk Obbink (Oxford/UK), Prof Dr Peter Parsons (Oxford/UK), Nicholas Purcell FBA (Oxford UK), Prof Dr Richard Talbert (UNC Chapel Hill/USA) and Prof Dr Nigel Wilson (Oxford/UK).

The aim of the conference is to study the artefact, and its text, map, and images, as "gobbets" first (in a well-established Oxford tradition), thus contributing to a deeper understanding of what the papyrus presents, before discussing probabilities and authenticities.

Official website: www.artemidorus.de

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Saint Anselm of Canterbury and His Legacy

"Saint Anselm of Canterbury and His Legacy", international conference to be held in 2009 at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Durham.

Keynote speaker: Rev. Brian Davies, O.P.

Official website: http://www.dur.ac.uk/cmrs/conferences/anselm2009/
Blog: http://anselm2009.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Virtues and the Formation of the Feminine Moral Subject: 1250-1550

As part of the 7th ANZAMEMS Conference to be held 2-6 December 2008 at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, we propose to hold a symposium, with several sessions, devoted to the construction of women as virtuous agents in texts written by and for them during the period 1250-1550 This symposium will explore the construction of women as virtuous agents in texts written by and for them during this period. This was time during which there were great political upheavals and setbacks for women, such as their exclusion from the succession in France but which also spawned the Reformation and /querelle des femmes/, and produced a number of significant texts which demonstrate women’s effective moral didacticism.

Our focus will be on works dedicated to women or written for their edification, such as devotional texts and manuals for princesses, as well as ethical and didactic works written by women such as Marguerite Porete, Christine de Pizan, Laura Cereta, Vitoria Colonna, Gabrielle Bourbon, Marguerite of Navarre, etc. Writing during a period when contemplative spirituality vied with more classical representations of active virtue, and against the background of Aristotelian and biblical representations of women as defective males and as particularly susceptible to vice, the above women adopted various strategies of self-authorization. We are particularly interested in exploring the continuities and discontinuities between women’s texts, and in women’s understanding of the good life for women and men, as well as the differences, if any, between female and male authored texts. We also invite the discussion of Platonic, Stoic, Epicurean, Aristotelian and monastic conceptions of virtue in women’s self-representation as
virtuous subjects.

Could those interested in contributing to this stream indicate their interest as soon as possible and no later than 1st July 2008 to Karen.Green@arts.monash.edu.au. A 500 word abstract will be required by 20th August 2008.

A published volume on the topic is proposed. Contributors who are unable to attend the Hobart Conference, but would like to contribute a paper to the volume are invited to submit papers for consideration by December 15th 2008.

Convenors: Janice Pinder, Constant Mews and Karen Green.

Augustine Again: "After Augustine. A Survey of His Reception from 430 to 2000"

The St. Andrews School of Classics is currently managing a complex research project dealing with St. Augustine's reception from 430 to 2000.

More details: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/classics/after-augustine/

Platonic Colloquia, IX (2008), Phaedrus

The conference will take place in the Kłodzka Valley in OCTOBER 2008. The papers should be submitted in one of the following languages: English, German, Polish. They will be qualified the ground of the abstracts. Papers written in Polish should be accompanied by the abstract translated into another language, preferably English. The texts will be published in the Conference Proceedings. The abstracts should be sent no later than 30th April 2008. All participants will be notified by mail and e-mail before 31th May 2008. The registration fee is 350 PLN (about 80€).

The abstracts please send to:
Dr. Artur Pacewicz
University of Wroclaw
Institute of Philosophy
ul. Koszarowa 3
51-149 Wrocław

New Augustinian Sermons Found

"Four entirely new sermons and two up to now only partly known sermons were recently discovered by I. Schiller, D. Weber und C. Weidmann (scholars at the CSEL / Vienna); the new texts are preserved in a 12th century manuscript in the Bibliotheca Amploniana (Erfurt, Germany). The codex, probably written in England, transmits approximately 70 sermons of Caesarius, Pseudo-Chrysostom, Augustine, the Venerable Bede and others. [...]

Three of the new Erfurt sermons deal with aspects of charity and almsgiving (Erfurt 2, 3, 4). Two others were delivered at feasts of martyrs: Erfurt 1 is on Perpetua and Felicitas, Erfurt 6 (probably incomplete) on Cyprian. One sermon deals with resurrection (Erfurt 5).

The new texts will be edited in two parts: Erfurt 1, 5, and 6 in Wiener Studien 121 (2008), Erfurt 2, 3, and 4 in Wiener Studien 122 (2009).

Source: http://www.oeaw.ac.at/kvk/kv09engl.htm