In addition to the weekly seminars, the Team has planned the following events:




Aristotelian Biology and Christian Theology in the Early Empire



Southern Association for Ancient Philosophy 2017, Annual Meeting.

Keynote speakers:

Shaul Tor (King's College London)

Myrto Hatzimichali (University of Cambridge)

Tobias Reinhardt (University of Oxford)

Margaret Hampson (University College London)

Vangelis Pappas (University of Cambridge)

Marije Martijn (University of Amsterdam)

Riccardo Chiaradonna (Roma Tre University)




Stoic Mereology: Ancient & Contemporary Perspectives

Keynote speakers:

Peter Simons (Trinity College, Dublin)

Matt Leonard (University of Southern California, LA)

Vanessa de Harven (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Katja Vogt (Columbia University)



The Metaphysics of the Soul-Body relation underpinning Gregory of Nyssa's Anthropology and Political Thought.

Keynote speakers:

Neil McLynn (University of Oxford)

Sophie Cartwright (University of Oxford)

Mark Edwards (University of Oxford)

Morwenna Ludlow (University of Exeter)

Ilaria Ramelli (Catholic University, Milan)




14/03/2016-16/03/2016: International Conference

The Metaphysics of the Trinity: New Directions

Keynote speakers: 

Brian Leftow (University of Oxford)

Nikk Effingham (University of Birmingham)

Rob Koons (University of Texas at Austin)

Shieva Kleinschmidt (University of Southern California)

Richard Swinburne (University of Oxford)

John Heil (Washington University in St Louis)




Essence, Power and Activity in Classical and Late Antiquity

Keynote speakers:

Gwenaelle Aubry (Centre Jean Pepin, LabEx Hastec)

Frederick Lauritzen (Academie Internationale des Sciences Religieuses)

David Lefebvre (Universite Blaise Pascal, Clarmont-Ferrand)

Marwan Rashed (Universite Paris-Sorbonne)

Alain Lernould (UMR 8163, STL)

Pascal Mueller-Jourdan (UCO Angers, LEM)

Frederique Woerther (Centre Jean Pepin)

Thomas Galoppin (AnHima)

Veronique Boudon-Millot (Orient et Mediterranee)

Eirini-Foteini Viltanioti (Oxford University)


08/09/2015-09/09/2015: International Conference

Essence, Power, and Activity in Classical and Late Antiquity

Invited speakers include:

Riccardo Chiaradonna (Università di Roma Tre)

Mark Edwards (University of Oxford)

Laurent Lavaud (Université Paris 1, Maître de conferences)

Jan Opsomer (KU Leuven)

Maria Michela Sassi (Università di Pisa)

David Sedley (University of Cambridge)





23/06/2015-24/06/2015: International Conference

The Metaphysics of the Stoics: Causes, Principles, and Mereology

Keynote Speakers:

Victor Caston (Michigan)

Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (CNRS)

Ricardo Salles (UNAM)

Susan Sauvé Meyer (UPenn)

David Sedley (Cambridge)

Katja Vogt (Columbia)





02/10/2014-03/10/2014: International Conference

The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

Keynote Speakers:

Valia Allori (Northern Illinois University)

Angelo Cei (University of Rome)

Mauro Dorato (University of Rome)

Michael Esfeld (Univerity of Lausanne)

Tim Maudlin (New York University)

Additional speakers selected via a CFP:

Johanna Wolff (The University of Hong Kong)

Wayne Myrvold (University of Western Ontario)

George Darby (University of Oxford)

Joshua Rosaler (University of Pittsburgh)

Vincent Lam (University of Lausanne) 




22/09/2014-28/09/2014: International Summer School and Conference

Powers, Perception & Agency

Conference Speakers:

John Heil (Washington University St Louis)

Stephen Mumford (Nottingham)

Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin)

Rowland Stout (University College Dublin)






11/10/2013-12/10/2013: International Conference

Divine Powers in Late Antiquity /

Puissances divines dans l'Antiquité tardive

Polymnia Athanassiadi (University of Athens)

"Divine Power and Social Authority in Late Antiquity: the Iamblichan Model"

José Maria Zamora Calvo (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)

"Dynamis Pantôn in Plotinus"

Lambros Couloubaritsis (University of Brussels)

"La notion de dynamis chez Pseudo-Denys l'Aréopagite"

Baudouin Decharneux (University of Brussels, F.R.S.-FNRS)

"Powers in Philo's De opificio mundi"

Mark Edwards (University of Oxford)

"Christ as the Dynamis of God from Paul to Athanasius"

Sarah Hitch (University of Oxford)

"Writing gods in the 5th century: Divine power in the Orphic Argonautica"

Anna Marmodoro (University of Oxford)

"Gregory of Nyssa's Non-reductive Immaterialism

Ilaria L. E. Ramelli (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan & University of Durham)

"Divine Power in Origen of Alexandria, His Sources, and His Aftermath

Peter Struck (University of Pennsylvania)

"Power and Divination in Iamblichus's De Mysteriis"

Irini Fotini Viltanioti (University of Brussels, F.R.S.-FNRS)

"Powers and Divine Statues in Porphyry and Iamblichus"




06/09/2013–07/09/2013:  International Conference.

Aristotelian and Contemporary Perspectives on the Mind

Online registration now available - see main page above

Stephen Butterfill (University of Warwick)

'Collective Agency and Knowledge of Others' Minds'

Victor Caston (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor)

'Aristotle on Illusions, Hallucinations and Dreams'

Jérôme Dokic (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris)

'Common Sense and Metaperception'

Jean Louis Labarriere (CNRS)

'Aristotle on Intellectual Pleasures'

Anna Marmodoro (University of Oxford)

'Aristotle on the Problem of Common Sensibles'

Mika Perala (University of Helsinki)

'Aristotle on Singular Thought'

Louise Richardson (University of York)

'Multimodal Perception and the Distinction Between the Senses'

Howard Robinson (Central European University)

'The Causal Power of Structure and the Role of Intellect'



04/07/2013 – 05/07/2013:  International Conference

Empedocles' Metaphysics

Patricia Curd (Purdue University)

 'Thinking Structure'

Anna Marmodoro (University of Oxford)

'Empedocles' Powers'

John Palmer (University of Florida)

'Elemental Change in Empedocles'

Oliver Primavesi (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München)

Catherine Rowett (University of East Anglia)

'What Things Have Divine Names in Empedocles and Why?'

David Sedley (University of Cambridge)

'Empedoclean Superorganisms'




09/03/2013: Worskhop

On the Intersection of Aristotelian Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Physics

Anna Marmodoro (Oxford)

'Hylomorphism Un-reconditioned'

Commentary:  Ross Inman (Trinity College Dublin)

Stephen Mumford (Nottingham)

'Neo-Aristotelian Powers'

Commentary: Adam Caulton (LSE)

Jonathan Lowe (Durham)

'Neo-Aristotelian Causal Pluralism'

Commentary: Nicholas Teh (Cambridge)

Robert Koons (University of Texas at Austin)

'Levels and Emergence'

Commentary: Nazim Bouatta (Cambridge)





03/10/2012 – 05/10/2012:  International Conference

The Metaphysics of Relations

Jeff Brower (Purdue University)

`Aristotelian vs. Contemporary Perspectives on Relations'

Maureen Donnelly (SUNY at Buffalo)

`Positionalism Revisited'

Mauro Dorato (University of Rome)

`The Metaphysics of Rovelli's Relational Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics'

John Hawthorne (University of Oxford)

Final Remarks

John Heil (Washington University in St. Louis)

`Causal Relations'

James Ladyman (University of Bristol)

Jonathan Lowe (University of Durham)

`There Are (Probably) No Relations'

Fraser MacBride (University of Cambridge)

`How Involved do you want to be in a Non-symmetric Relationship?'

Stephen Mumford (University of Nottingham)

`Relations All the Way Down?'

Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers University)

`Monistic Structural Realism'

Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin)

`External Relations, Causal Coincidence and Contingency'

Jessica Wilson (University of Toronto)

`A Determinable-based Account of Metaphysical Indeterminacy'




21/09/2012 – 22/09/2012:  International Conference

Causing Health and Diseases:  Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquity

Philip van der Eijk (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

`Powers of Medicines, their Ontological Status and the Structure of their Efficacy'

Jim Hankinson (University of Texas at Austin)

`Galen and the Ontology of Powers'

Brooke Holmes (Princeton University)

`Immanent Intelligence and the Natural Faculties in Galen'

Elisabeth Hsu (University of Oxford)

`Correlative Reasoning in Chinese Medicine and its Potency of Making Present'

Geoffrey Lloyd (University of Cambridge)

`Process-based versus Object-based Ontologies: some comparative observations'

Roberto Lo Presti (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

`Informing Matters and Enmattered Forms'

Hans-Georg Moeller (University College Cork)

`On Weakness/Strength and Sickness/Health in Ancient Daoist Philosophy' 

Tiberiu Popa (Butler University)

`Hippocratic Connections between Material Powers and Higher Level Dispositions'

Irini Viltanioti (FRS-FNRS, Université Libre de Bruxelles / University of Oxford)

`Medical Instruments in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens'

Barbara Zipser (Royal Holloway University of London)

`Describing Vision:  Galen's texts on eye anatomy and their terminology'




26/04/2012–27/04/2012:  International Workshop

Powerful Qualities: A Workshop with John Heil

David Yates (University of Oxford)

`Pure Powers and Powerful Qualities'

Anna Marmodoro (University of Oxford)

`Aristotelian Powers at Work:  Reciprocity without Symmetry in Causation'

Jonathan Lowe (Durham University)

`Powers:  Single- or Multi- Track?'

John Heil (Washington University in St. Louis)

`Real Modalities'