Monday, September 29, 2008

CONF: Neo-Platonism and Its Legacy

Call for Abstracts
April 24th and 25th 2009
Keynote Speakers
John Dillon, Trinity College Dublin
Stephen Gersh, University of Notre Dame
Wayne Hankey, Dalhousie University

The MA Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville invites all scholars
working in the area of Neo-Platonism to submit abstracts on any topic relevant to the
theme of the conference. This includes especially the Medieval, or Renaissance periods,
but can be the Modern or Contemporary periods as well. Graduate students are welcome
to submit proposals. Abstracts should not exceed one page and must be received by email
or hard copy by March 24th 2009. Finished papers should not exceed 25 minutes reading
time. Proceedings of the conference will be published in Fides Quaerens Intellectum.
Conference and meal fees, including lunches, dinner and closing banquet are waived for
all those presenting papers. Submissions should be sent to:
Dr. Mark Roberts
Director, MA Philosophy Program
Franciscan University of Steubenville
1235 University Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952

CONF: Teleology in the Ancient World. The Dispensation of Nature

Venue: The University of Exeter, 8-11 July 2009

Organisers: Dr. Julius Rocca and Prof. Christopher Gill

An international conference which will discuss the ways teleological arguments were used in medicine and philosophy in antiquity, and how these arguments have continued to inform and influence current debate on evolution, creationism, and intelligent design. As well as examining philosophical contributions to the subject, ranging from Platonism to Stoicism, a special aim of the conference is to show how ancient medical thinking on this topic relates to ancient philosophical ideas. Examining teleological methodologies in ancient medical thought from Hippocrates to Galen will offer a critical evaluation on the place of teleology within medical science, its cultural contexts, its account of human development, and teleological responses to competing explanatory theories of human structure and function.

Keynote speaker Professor David Sedley, University of Cambridge, “Socrates’ place in the history of teleology.”

Other speakers include: Elizabeth Craik, University of St. Andrews; John Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin; Rebecca Flemming, University of Cambridge; R. J. Hankinson, The University of Texas at Austin; M.R. Johnson, University of California, San Diego; Mariska Leunissen, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Jan Opsomer, University of Cologne; Mark Schiefsky, Harvard University; Samuel Scolnicov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; R.W. Sharples, University College London; Harold Tarrant, University of Newcastle, Australia; Philip van der Eijk, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

For further information, including accommodation and conference booking, please contact:

Dr Julius Rocca or Professor Chris Gill,

Department of Classics and Ancient History,

University of Exeter,

Amory Building,

Rennes Drive,

Exeter, EX4 4RJ,