Workshop in Ancient Philosophy

The Workshop in Ancient Philosophy is a series devoted to discussing work in progress by speakers within and outside Oxford pertaining to the field. Members of the Faculty, students and visitors are welcome. For details, please contact the convenors.

If you would like to go out to dinner with the speaker, then please contact the chair of the meeting before Tuesday of that week. The meals of the chair and the speaker are covered by the faculty; others attend at their own expense.

Seminars will take place on Thursdays at 16.00 - 18.00, in the Ryle Room in the Radcliffe Humanities Building.

The Oxford Network for Ancient Philosophy (ONAP) seeks to support the vibrant community of staff and students working in all areas of ancient philosophy by providing up-to-date, cross-departmental resources and information geared to the study and teaching of ancient philosophy within Oxford. More details can be found on the website.

Workshop in Ancient Philosophy Convenors: Ursula Coope, Simon Shogry and Alexander Bown

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Week 1 (14 October)

Janine Gühler (Oxford)

Plato on dragging the soul towards truth with mathematics

Week 2 (21 October)

Niels Christensen (University of Copenhagen)

Being the Best: Heroic and Socratic Virtue in Aristotelian Megalopsychia

Week 3 (28 October)

Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (CNRS, Paris)

Prolepsis between Epicurus and the Stoa

Week 5 (11 November)

Merrick Anderson (UCL)

Republic 2 and the 5th century debate about justice

Week 6 (18 October)

Ian Hensley (East Tennessee State)

The Pantheon of Stoic Physics

Week 8 (2 December)

Margaret Hampson (St Andrews)

The tyrant and the failure of philia


Week 1 (29 April)

Lea Cantor (Oxford)

The Centred View - A New Epistemological Reading of Parmenides’ Sphere Analogy

Week 2 (6 May)

Sybilla Pereira (Oxford)

‘Own it’: Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk – Plato on Doxastic Ownership and Epistemic Agency in the Meno and Gorgias. CANCELLED

Week 4 (20 May)

Caterina Baldini (Oxford)

Aristotle’s Metaphysics K: beyond the dualistic approach

Week 5 (27 May)

Alesia Preite (Oxford)

What Does the Universe Think About? On Cosmic Cognition in the Timaeus 

Week 6 (3 June)

Sara Magrin (Pittsburgh)

Plotinus on the epistemic role of memory (Ennead 4.6)

Week 7 (10 June)

Sybilla Pereira (Oxford)

‘Own it’: Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk – Plato on Doxastic Ownership and Epistemic Agency in the Meno and Gorgias

Week 8 (17 June)

Susanne Bobzien (All Souls College)

Quasi-propositions and Emotivism in Stoic Speech-Act Theory


Week 1 (21st January)     

Simon Shogry (Oxford) 

''Socratic medicine: the Stoics on the value of the elenchus''
Week 2 (28th January)

Mor Segev (South Florida)

''Aristotle’s response to pessimism''
Week 4 (11th February)

Lindsay Judson (Oxford) 

''Aristotle conception of nature in Physics II.1''
Week 5 (18th February)

Inna Kupreeva (Edinburgh)

''The Empiricist apology in Galen's early work 'On Medical Experience'
 Week 6 (25th February)

Carlotta Capuccino (Bologna)

Week 8 11th March)

Dimitri El Murr (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)

''Satyr-play in the Statesman: Socrates, Athens, and the apologetic function of Plato’s trilogy''


Week 1 (15th October)

Frisbee Sheffield (Cambridge)

''Desire and Argument in Plato's Gorgias''
Week 2 (22nd October)

Richard Bett (Johns Hopkins)

''Attitudes towards Common Sense in Ancient Greek Philosophy''
Week 4 (5th November)

Robin Brons (Oxford)

''How To Do Ancient Philosophy Comparatively - Examining the potential and pitfalls of juxtaposing Greek and non-Greek philosophy''
Week 5 (12th November)

Whitney Schwab (Maryland)

''Stoic Epistemology's Response to the Timaean Challenge''
Week 6 (19th November)

Inna Kupreeva (Edinburgh)

Week 8 (3rd December) Caterina Baldini (Oxford)

  ''Aristotle’s Metaphysics K - beyond the dualistic approach'' - CANCELLED


Week 1 (30th April)        

Frisbee Sheffield (Cambridge)    

Why Speech Matters: The Ethics of Communication in Plato’s Gorgias 
Week 6 (4th June)    

Sara Magrin (UC Berkeley)


Week 1 (23rd January)     

Katerina Ierodiakonou (Geneva)   

Aristotle on Taste and Flavours
Week 2 (30th January)     

Chiara Martini (Oxford)

Geometrical Changes: Change and Motion in Aristotle’s Geometry
Week 5 (20th February)    

Klaus Corcilius (Tübingen)

Practical Reasoning and Participation in Plato’s Timaeus


Week 1 (17th October)         Michael Peramatzis (Oxford) Aristotle on How Essence Grounds Necessity
Week 2 (24th October)     Suzanne Obdrzalek (Claremont McKenna) Plato on Soul-Body Unity
Week 4 (7th November) Damian Caluori (Edinburgh) Relatives and Relations in Plotinus Ennead VI.1.6-9
Week 5 (14th November)                  Milos Arsenijevic and Sandra Scepanovic (Belgrade) The Origin of the Manifestly Heterogeneous World in Anaxagoras’ Physics
Week 6 (21st November) Susanne Bobzien (Oxford) Stoic indemonstrables and demonstration
Week 8 (5th December) Naoya Iwata (Oxford) Collection and Division in the Phaedrus



Week 1 (17th January)

Ricardo Salles (UNAM) 'Stoic and Pythagorean Theories of Everlasting Recurrence'
Week 2 (24th January) Maria Michela Sassi (Pisa)                             'Ancient Reflections on the Nature of Colour' 
Week 3 (31st January) Harry Alanen (Oxford) 'The Aporia of Physics III.3: Aristotle on the Sameness of Action and Affection' 
Week 5 (14th February) Tosca Lynch (Oxford)        '‘The most beautiful harmony arises from conflicting elements’: Harmonia and the ‘Soul of the Whole’ in Plato’s Timaeus'

Week 6 (21st February)

Elena Cagnoli Fiecconi (UCL) 'Aristotle on self-improvement and self-annihilation' 
Week 7 (28th February)                                     Thomas Benatouil | Cambridge / Lille |       'Speusippus and the Theaetetus'


Week 1 (11th October)

Dominic Scoot (Oxford) 

'Plato's Tyrant' Aristotle on Loving Other Selves"

Week 2 (18th October) Marta Jimenez (Emory) 'Aristotle on Justice as Virtues' 
Week 4 (1st November)                  Katharine O'Reilly (Oxford)                      'The Jellyfish's Pleasures' 
Week 5 (8th November) Paolo Fait (Oxford)  'Categories on Topics 1.9' 
Week 7 (22nd November) Paulina Remes (Uppsala)   'Wanting to be Determinate? Self-Perception and Self-Knowledge in Aristotle's EE 7,12' 

Week 8 (29th November)

Philipp Kurbel (Oxford)

'Aristotle on Metaphor'


Week 1 (26th April)

Sarah Broadie (St Andrews)

"The Form of the Good in the Republic"

Week 2 (3rd May) Saloni de Souza (Balliol College) "Platonic Zombies"
Week 3 (10th May) Dhananjay Jagannathan (Columbia) "Reciprocity and the Character of Particular Justice in Aristotle"
Week 4 (17th May) Emily Fletcher (Wisconsin-Madison) "Cosmology and Human Nature in the Timaeus"

Week 5 (24th May)

Sophia Connel (Birbeck)

"Nutritive and Sentient soul in Aristotle's embryology"

Week 6 (31st May) Beatrice Lienemann (Frankfurt)  "Two Controversial claims in Aristotle's conception of the voluntary and in his theory of responsibility"

Week 7 (7 June)

Jacob Klein (Colgate)  "Original Sins: the Older Stoics on Mistakes and Moral Progress"