July 2011

Anna Marmodoro

Anna is doing polishing up of her essay ‘Potentiality in Aristotle's Metaphysics', forthcoming in K. Engelhard and M. Quante (Eds.) The Handbook of Potentiality, Springer, 2011.

She is also finishing a paper, presented first as a talk to audiences in Oxford and Cambridge last Spring, provisionally titled: ‘Aristotle’s defense against the Situationist challenge’, where she engages with arguments by John Doris and others against the existence of real, robust character traits.

In collaboration with Jonathan Hill, Anna is working on a book project at present under consideration by OUP, provisionally titled: The Author’s Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity. The contributors are: William Allan; Rhiannon Ash; Mark Edwards; Michael Erler; Barbara Graziosi; Stephen Harrison; Adrian Kelly; Georgina Longley; Andrew Morrison; Irene Peirano; Christopher Pelling; Christopher Rowe; Michael Squire; Sarah Stroup; Tim Whitmarsh

Anna’s ongoing major project is her monograph, provisionally titled: Aristotle: Perceiving Objects.

Her review of L'Essere del Pensiero, Daniela Taormina, Dominic O’Meara and C. Riedweg (eds.), is coming out in the International Journal of the Platonic Tradition, 5:2, 2011. 

Brian Prince

Brian is working on two papers, both related to time and rotation. In the first, I argue that Timaeus’ comments on time show that he is a nominalist about the nature of time. That is, he thinks that while time is important for humans, our system of dates and times does not refer to any abstract temporal objects – because no “moments,” “instants,” or other such temporal items exist to be referred to. Time is nothing more than the motions of the heavenly bodies. I give a reading of the text supporting this view, and also argue on more general metaphysical grounds.

The other paper examines the myth told in Plato’s Statesman, in which the Stranger says that the universe sometimes reverses the direction of its rotation. I argue that the reason the Stranger gives that the universe must reverse its rotation periodically shows that he is committed to thinking of the god who guides the universe as also rotating physically through space. Second, this passage also shows that the Stranger is counting spatial rotation in a single direction as a way of not changing. Both results, of course, are surprising in the light of other Platonic texts.

Irini Viltanioti

Irini is polishing up the manuscript of her monograph, titled De l’omphalos de la Terre à la cité céleste d’Apollon. Etudes sur la doctrine de la Tétractys dans le pythagorisme ancien jusqu’à Platon. The book is forthcoming in Editions Modulaires Européennes (Bruxelles).

In collaboration with Prof. Baudouin Decharneux, Irini is working on two articles for a collective book project titled Le Livre des Egyptes, forthcoming in Laffont Editions (Paris). One article concerns mystery cults in Hellenistic Egypt, the other examines the place of Egypt in Homer, Plato, Aristotle and the Orphic – Pythagorean literature.

Additionally Irini is preparing a number of entries (dieu souffrant, Apollonius de Tyane, nombres, allégorie, grec hellénistique) for a dictionary project directed by Prof. Michel Tardieu and Prof. Baudouin Decharneux, forthcoming in CNRS Editions (Paris). Other participants are: Dr Fabien Nobilio, Dr Michela Zago, Dr Guillaume Dye.

Irini’s ongoing major research project concerns Intelligence and Necessity in Plato’s Timaeus. A monograph provisionally titled Aspects of Necessity in Plato will be the fruit of this research.


 

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August 2011

Anna Marmodoro

Anna's essay ‘Potentiality in Aristotle's metaphysics', is now forthcoming for publication in K. Engelhard and M. Quante (Eds.) The Handbook of Potentiality, Springer, 2011. 

Anna has submitted her paper "Moral Character versus Situations: an Aristotelian contribution to the debate" to a peer-reviewed international journal.

She is now reworking the first three chapters of her monograph, which is provisionally titled: Aristotle: Perceiving Objects

 

Brian Prince

Brian is continuing revisions on the paper about time in the Timaeus; he will present excerpts from this paper at the European Congress of Analytic Philosophy in Milan next month.

He is also revising a paper on the late ancient commentators, showing how a mis-reading of the argument for immortality in Plato's Phaedrus can be used to trace its transmission amongst three generations of commentators.


 

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September 2011

Anna Marmodoro

In September Anna will give talks at the European Conference for Analytic Philosophy (Milano), at the British Academy (London), and an European Science Foundation strategic workshop on migration research (Oxford).  At the ESF workshop Anna will interact with social scientists studying the determinants of migration; her contribution will be to present a variety of metaphysical models for causation  - including hers, on which causation is accounted for in term of causal powers - that might be helpful our understanding of such determinants. 

This month Anna also convenes the Southern Association for Ancient Philosophy meeting in Oxford. 

Anna’s paper ‘Moral Character versus Situations: an Aristotelian contribution to the debate’ was accepted for publication and is now forthcoming in the next issue of the Journal of Ancient Philosophy.

Anna is guest editor of a special issue of the international journal Topoi, for which she is editing this month a collection of essays titled The Powers of the Mind. Contemporary problems - Ancient Answers.  The contributors are: Walter Cavini, Riccardo Chiaradonna, Hans De Hass, Thomas Johansen, Deborah Modrak, Giles Pearson, Christof Rapp, Theodore Scaltsas.

Anna is also making progress in reworking the central sections of her monograph on Aristotle on Perceiving Objects.

 

Brian Prince 

During September Brian will give a talk at the European Congress of Analytic Philosophy, "Timaeus' Nominalist Conception of Time."  He is also continuing work on the revision of this paper for publication.

 

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October 2011

Anna Marmodoro 

During October, Anna has been working with Brian Prince on a paper which aims at motivating a structuralist understanding of Plato's and Aristotle's metaphysics, engaging in the process with Verity Harte's and Theodore Scaltsas' holistic interpretations of Plato and Aristotle respectively.  

Anna is also working toward the launch of a new international peer-reviewed journal, entitled Ancient Philosophical Inquiry, of which she will be the editor.

 

Brian Prince 

Brian Prince has been collaborating with Anna Marmodoro on a paper discussing the differences (and commonalities) between structuralism and holism.  The paper also examines holistic readings of Plato and Aristotle by Verity Harte and Theodore Scaltsas, and attempts to show that structuralism provides an interesting alternative to these.


Irini Viltanioti

Irini has been polishing up an article examining the place of Egypt in Plato, Aristotle and the Orphic and Pythagorean Literature.  

She has also been working on a paper about dispositionality in Philolaus of Croton. 

 

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November 2011

Anna Marmodoro 

Anna and Brian are making progress on their paper aimed at motivating a structuralist understanding of Plato's and Aristotle's metaphysics.

In addition, Anna has been thinking about the debate between Relational and Representational accounts of perceptual experience, in connection with giving a response to Keith Wilson’s talk at this year’s Oxford Graduate Philosophy Conference.

 

Brian Prince

Brian has been continuing work on a paper with Anna Marmodoro in which we contrast holistic and structuralist readings of Plato and Aristotle. More specifically, Brian has been working on several issues in the metaphysics of the two positions and their relations to one another.

Brian also had his article, "The Form of Soul in the Phaedo," accepted for publication in Plato, the journal of the International Plato Society.


Irini Viltanioti

Irini has been continuing to work on a paper which aims at motivating an understanding of the fundamental items in Philolaus' ontology as powers.

In addition, she has been polishing her paper 'Plato on Iron Reduction Technique', which is under consideration for publication. 

Irini has also been preparing a talk to be delivered at a conference on Plato's Symposium at Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL). 

 

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December 2011

Anna Marmodoro

During December Anna has been working towards developing an account of structural powers in Aristotle's metaphysics, that is, an account of power-composition and of emergence.

In addition, she has been reworking the final sections of her monograph on Aristotle on Perceiving Objects.

 

Brian Prince

Brian has been working on a new paper investigating whether the basic triangles in Plato's ontology, as presented in the Timaeus, are to be understood as powerful or inert entities.


Irini Viltanioti
In December Irini delivered a paper titled ""Eros est un grand démon" (Platon, Banquet, 202 d). Diotime de Mantinée sur la nature d'Eros"" at the international conference "Femme, Eros et Philosophie" at Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL). In the paper, Irini argued that Diotima's speech promotes the eroticization of Ideas rather that the idealization of Eros.

During December Irini also completed her paper on Philolaos, which she is now polishing up.