January 2012

Anna Marmodoro

In January Anna started working on a paper provisionally titled ‘Reciprocity without symmetry in causation’. She presented a first version of the paper at an international workshop on ‘Theoretical aspects of indeterminism and agency’ in Utrecht. The workshop was part of the research program What is Really Possible? led by Thomas Mueller.

In addition, Anna submitted a review of F. Fronterotta (ed.) La scienza e le cause a partire dalla Metafisica di Aristotele to the Classical Review.

Brian Prince

Brian has been revising his paper on the nature of the triangles in the Timaeus.  He has also worked on a survey paper on Gail Fine’s views on Plato’s epistemological holism.

Irini Viltanioti

Irini has been polishing up her paper on Philolaus, aimed at motivating an understanding of the fundamental items in Philolaus’ ontology as powers.

 

 

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February 2012

Anna Marmodoro

In February Anna has continued working on her paper provisionally titled ‘Aristotelian Powers at Work. Reciprocity without symmetry in causation’. The paper is to be included in Jonathan Jacobs (ed.) Putting Powers to Work, to be submitted to OUP.

Brian Prince

Brian has been revising his paper on the nature of the triangles in Plato's Timaeus. He has also begun a collaboration with Irini Viltanioti on a passage in Plato’s Republic VI.

Irini Viltanioti

Irini’s paper entitled ‘The Most Beautiful Triangle: Singing the Praise of the Goddess Athena’ has been accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Iberian Society of Greek Philosophy, which will take place in Palma de Majorca in April. In addition, Irini began a collaboration with Brian Prince on the Sun Analogy in Plato's Republic.

 

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March 2012

Anna Marmodoro

In March Anna has given a talk at an international workshop on the metaphysics of properties in Bergamo (Italy); and she completed her paper ‘Aristotelian Powers at Work. Reciprocity without symmetry in causation’ to be included in Jonathan Jacobs (ed.) Putting Powers to Work, to be submitted to OUP.

Brian Prince

During March, Brian continued working on the paper he and Irini are writing concerning the definition of powers in Plato’s Republic V.

Giannis Stamatellos

During March, Giannis worked on a paper titled ‘Virtue and Dispositions in Plotinus’ a first draft of which he presented at the Project's seminar on Plotinus in February. The paper has been accepted for presentation at the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Tenth International Conference, Cagliari (Italy) in June 2012.

Irini Viltanioti

In March, Irini has continued working on the paper she is preparing with Brian Prince concerning the definition of powers in Plato’s Republic V.

 

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April 2012

During April, the project team was involved in organising an international workshop on the work of John Heil, entitled ‘Powerful Qualities’, and held at Corpus Christi on April 26th and 27th. For details click here.

Anna Marmodoro

In April Anna has been working in two research directions: the metaphysics of relations, and agency in causation. She presented a talk on the latter topic at the international workshop Powerful Qualities held in Oxford at the end of the month.

Brian Prince

Brian's article `The Form of Soul in the Phaedo’ was published in Plato 11. He has also been continuing work on Plato's Republic V, in collaboration with Irini Viltanioti.

Giannis Stamatellos

Giannis’ book Introduction to Presocratics: A Thematic Approach to Early Greek Philosophy, with Key Readings was published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Irini Viltanioti

During April, Irini has been working on her article on Plato’s Republic V with Brian Prince. She also gave a talk at the International Conference of the Iberian Society of Greek Philosophy (Palma de Mallorca) titled, ‘The Most Beautiful Triangle: Singing the Praise of the Goddess Athena’. This article has now also been published (in French) as « Κάλλιστον τρίγωνον (Platon, Timée, 54a): éloge de la déesse Athéna » in Una mirada actual a la filosofia griega. Ponencias del II Congreso Internacional de Filosofia Griega de la Sociedad Ibérica de Filosofia Griega, Abril de 2012, Madrid - Mallorca, Ediciones de la SIFG, 2012, pp.537–550.

David Yates

During April David began collaborating with the project team in preparation for the workshop on John Heil. David completed preliminary research on his paper ‘Pure powers and powerful qualities’, a version of which he presented at the workshop.

 

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May 2012

Anna Marmodoro

In May Anna worked on two new papers. One, titled ‘Potentiality First’, was delivered at the workshop Aristotelian Powers Now, organized by Nancy Cartwright at the London School of Economics. The other, titled ‘Gregory of Nyssa on the creation of the cosmos’, was presented in Oxford as part of the seminar series Causation and Creation in Late Antiquity in Corpus Christi College.

Brian Prince

During May Brian worked on his paper about powers in Plato’s Republic V, upon which he is collaborating with Irini Viltanioti.

Giannis Stamatellos

Giannis gave a lecture ‘Plotinus and the Presocratics’ at the Danish Institute at Athens.

Irini Viltanioti

During May, Irini continued working on her paper on Plato’s Republic V, in collaboration with Brian Prince. She also began working on a new paper, on Alcman's cosmogonic fragment. In addition, she gave a talk at the international conference ‘Politicas griegas y teorias contemporaneas de la justicia’ (Madrid). Her talk was entitled ‘The Emergence of Political Theory in Herodotus’ "Persian Debate": Otanes on Isonomia’ (III, 80, 25 – 31).

David Yates

During May David continued working on his paper on powerful qualities.

 

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June 2012

Anna Marmodoro

During June Anna has been working on two papers: ‘Matter and potentiality in Aristotle’s metaphysics,’ presented at the workshop Materia e Materia Vivente at the University of Florence, Italy; and ‘A critical note on Pasnau on powers and dispositions’ presented at a medieval philosophy workshop at the British Academy, in London.

Anna is spending this and next month as a Fellow of the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Brian Prince

During June Brian finished the initial draft of his paper on powers in Republic V. He also continued work on a paper on the nature of the triangles in the Timaeus.

Giannis Stamatellos

Giannis presented his paper ‘Virtue and Disposition in Plotinus’ at the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Tenth International Conference, in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy).

Irini Viltanioti

During June, Irini has been working on two papers: one on powers in Republic V, the other on Alcman's cosmogonical fragment (fr. 5 Page).

David Yates

During June, David completed his paper on powerful qualities, an earlier version of which was presented at the Oxford workshop on John Heil, and submitted it for review. He also began working on a new paper on the epistemological implications of David Lewis' `Ramseyan Humility’.


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July 2012

Anna Marmodoro

In July Anna started working on a new paper provisionally titled `Qualitative Gunk in Anaxagoras', to be presented in September at the Southern Association for Ancient Philosophy meeting in Cambridge. 

Brian Prince 

During July, Brian finished his paper on powers in Republic V, and submitted it to a journal. He also worked on his paper on causation in the Timaeus

Irini Viltanioti 

During July, Irini worked on her paper on powers in Republic V and on her paper on Alcman. Irini has also been doing prelimrary research for a talk  on ancient medical instruments, for the conference `Causing Health and Disease: Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquity’ that will take place in Oxford in September. 

David Yates 

During July David continued working on metaphysics and epistemology, and began drafting his paper on Lewis’ Ramseyan Humility.

 

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August 2012

Anna Marmodoro

During August Anna worked on her paper provisionally titled `Qualitative Gunk in Anaxagoras’, to be presented next month at the Southern Association for Ancient Philosophy meeting in Cambridge.

Brian Prince

During August, Brian worked on his paper on causation in the Timaeus, and also completed a draft of his paper on Plato's Statesman.

Giannis Stamatellos

During August, Giannis polished his paper ‘Virtue and Disposition in Plotinus’. His book review on Vishwa Adluri's Parmenides, Plato, and Mortal Philosophy: Return from Transcendence (2011) was published in The International Journal for the Platonic Tradition 6 (2012).

 

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September 2012 

Everybody on the team was involved in the Project conference, `Causing Health and Disease: Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquity’. 

Anna Marmodoro 

In September Anna completed her paper on Power Gunk and presented it at the Southern Association for Ancient Philosophy in Cambridge. 

Brian Prince

Brian finished his paper on causation in the Timaeus and submitted it for review He also began work on his paper on the unlimited in the Philebus

Irini Viltanioti 

In September, Irini submitted her paper on Alcman for review and worked on her paper on powers in Plato’s Republic. In addition, she gave a talk on the medical instruments housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens at the conference ‘Causing Health and Disease: Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquity’ in Oxford. 

David Yates 

During September, David completed a preliminary draft of his paper on Ramseyan Humility, and began planning the four papers he intends to write, as a member of the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies research group, during the academic year 2012-13.

 

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October 2012

Everybody on the team was involved in the Project conference, ‘The Metaphysics of Relations’, hosted by London’s Institute of Philosophy at Senate House, from October 3rd-5th.

Anna Marmodoro 

In October Anna prepared a new version of her paper on Anaxagoras, which she delivered at the international workshop `Tradition and Innovation' at the University of Milano.

Brian Prince

Brian worked on his paper on the unlimited in the Philebus; he also started work on a new research project, centred on the ideas of becoming like god, and being slaves of the gods in Plato.

Giannis Stamatellos

During October Giannis revised and submitted two articles for review, one on the notion of transmigration in Plotinus, the second on the notion of eternity in Plotinus.

Irini Viltanioti

Irini's paper on `Powers as the Fundamental Entities in Philolaus’ Ontology’ is now in press, in the Journal of Ancient Philosophy for 2012, vol. 6 issue 2, pp.1–30.

David Yates

During October, David began working on two papers, one addressing the question of whether powers are intrinsic properties of their bearers, the other investigating how best to defend powers ontologies from the threat of regress generated by their mutual ontological dependence.

 

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November 2012

Anna Marmodoro

In November Anna worked on a new paper provisionally titled ‘Aristotelian Neo-Aristotelianism’. The abstract follows:

In the most recent metaphysical debate Aristotle is often presented as championing mereological hylemorphism, and criticized for that (see e.g. Koslicki 2008). I side with the exegetical tradition (Scaltsas 1994) according to which Aristotle is a non-mereological hylemorphist. On this assumption, in this paper I investigate the metaphysical status of matter and form, and the unity of substance, pursuing the viewpoint that Aristotle is a dispositional monist. Starting from the position that an Aristotelian substance is composed of powers, I give an account of how Aristotle saw them as composing a unified substantial whole. 

Anna has also completed and submitted to Metascience her paper ‘Producing, Composing or Passing around powers?’, which engages with Mumford’s and Anjum’s recent book Getting Causes from Powers, OUP 2012. 

Additionally, Anna has completed the issue of Topoi she was guest editor for: The Powers of the Mind: Ancient Questions and Contemporary Answers, which is now in press with Springer (volume 31, number 2). Contributors include: T. Chappell, R. Chiaradonna, T. Johansen, D. Modrack, C. Rowett, T. Scaltsas. 

Brian Prince

During November, Brian revised his paper on the myth in Plato's Statesman, and continued research for an article on becoming like god and being slaves of the gods.

Giannis Stamatellos 

In November, Giannis finished his paper ‘On virtue and disposition in Plotinus’ and submitted it for review. He also submitted his book review on J. Wilberding , C. Horn (eds.) Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, to Classical Review

Irini Viltanioti 

During November, Irini polished the manuscript of her forthcoming monograph on Pythagoreanism and Plato, based on her PhD dissertation. 

She also prepared a number of entries for a dictionary project directed by Prof. Michel Tardieu and Prof. Baudouin Decharneux, forthcoming in CNRS Editions (Paris).

David Yates

During November, David continued working on two papers relating to the metaphysics of powers and causation, provisionally titled ‘Is Powerful Causation an Internal Relation?’ and ‘Power Structuralism and the Ontological Dependency Regress’.


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December 2012 

Anna Marmodoro 

During December Anna and Brian Prince have collaborated in putting together an edited volume proposal provisionally titled Causation and Creation in late Antiquity

Anna and David Yates have collaborated in putting together an edited volume proposal provisionally titled The Metaphysics of Relations

Anna presented her paper ‘Aristotelian Neo-Aristotelianism’ at an international workshop on Hylemorphism: Old and New at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (Italy).

Additionally, she presented her talk on Teleological Powers in Plato at the Sorbonne, as part of the seminar series Causes et Principes de l'Antiquité au Moyen Age at the Centre Léon Robin.

She also submitted to the Australasian Journal of Philosophy a review of R. Pasnau's recent book titled Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671, Clarendon Press, Oxford 2011. 

Brian Prince 

During December, Brian gave two presentations at the University of Copenhagen.  He conducted a seminar, along with Giannis Stamatellos, in which texts from Plotinus and Plato were compared for clues to the philosophers' views about becoming like god.  He also presented a research paper on the myth in Plato's Statesman.  He is continuing work on the revision of this paper for publication, and also on his paper on the unlimited in the Philebus. Finally, Brian has been collaborating with Anna Marmodoro in putting together an edited volume proposal provisionally titled Causation and Creation in late Antiquity.

Giannis Stamatellos 

In December, Giannis and Brian co-organized a workshop titled ‘Virtue and Likeness in Plotinus and Plato’ at the Center for Neoplatonic Virtue Ethics, University of Copenhagen. The workshop took place at CNVE on 3 December 2012.

Additionally, Giannis began investigating the One as aition in Plotinus.

A review of Giannis' recent book, Introduction to the Presocratics: a thematic approach to Early Greek Philosophy with key readings (Wiley-Blackwell 2012) has just come out at Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews, and can be found here.

Irini Viltanioti 

During December, Irini continued polishing her forthcoming monograph on Pythagoreanism and Plato, based on her PhD dissertation. 

David Yates 

During December, David collaborated with Anna Marmodoro on their edited volume proposal, The Metaphysics of Relations, and completed a second draft of his paper ‘Is Powerful Causation an Internal relation?’ 


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