December 2013

Anna Marmodoro

In December Anna completed her paper on 'Gregory of Nyssa's non-reductive immaterialism'.


Brian Prince

In December Brian finished and submitted his article on the theory of disease and health in Plato's Timaeus.

David Yates

In December David continued working on a paper investigating the Pythagorean commitment to the fundamentality of number, focusing on the casual-explanatory role of mathematics in physics.

 

Tamer Nawar 

In December Tamer continued working on a paper on Aristotle's natural philosophy in Physics 3 and a paper on Stoic metaphysics.

Irini Viltanioti 

In December, Irini submitted her book 'L'harmonie des Sirènes du pythagorisme ancien à Platon' and started working on the volume 'Divine powers in Late Antiquity', which she is co-editing with Dr Anna Marmodoro.

Giannis Stamatellos 

In December Giannis revised his paper "Virtue and Hexis in Plotinus" which was subsequently accepted for publication in The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition. A review of his Introduction to the Presocratics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) appeared in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

 

November 2013

Anna Marmodoro

In November Anna gave two talks, one at the Theoretical Philosophy work in progress seminar in Oxford, on 'Power Gunk in Anaxagoras'; and the other at the Language Mind and Cognition research group in the Philosophy Department of the University of Lisbon, on 'Aristotle on the Problem of the Common Sensibles'. She has reworked on both papers, for future journal submission. 

 

Brian Prince

During November Brian re-submitted his paper on Republic V to a journal, and also made progress on a paper on the theory of disease and health in Plato's Timaeus. 

 

David Yates

In November David continued working on a paper investigating the Pythagorean commitment to the fundamentality of number, focusing on the casual-explanatory role of mathematics in physics.

 

Tamer Nawar

In November Tamer continued working on a paper focusing on Aristotle's philosophy of nature and began working on a paper on Stoic metaphysics.

 

Irini Viltanioti

During November Irini has been working on her forthcoming book entitled "L'harmonie des Sirenes du pythagorisme ancien à Platon".

 

Giannis Stamatellos

During November Giannis revised an article on virtue and hexis in Plotinus and worked on a paper on Empedoclean philia in Plotinus'Enneads.

 

Catherine Rowett

During the second half of November, Catherine spent her period of residence engaged in revising and improving her paper on the causal roles of divine beings in Empedocles, for the edited volume arising from the project's Empedocles conference in summer 2013. She also completed some reading in the library in relation to the metaphysics of tropes, and on Plato's scientific vocabulary, and took part in fruitful discussions with resident and visiting scholars on issues relating to Pythagorean ontology, causation in Empedocles, and the modality of dispositions and inclinations. 

 

October 2013

Anna Marmodoro

In October Anna has worked on two different papers. The first is on 'Aristotle on the problem of the common sensibles'; she presented a new draft of the paper on the occasion of an invited lecture at the University of Liège (Belgium). The second is on 'Gregory of Nyssa's non-reductive immaterialism'; Anna presented it at the international conference 'Divine Powers in late Antiquity', which she co-organzised with Irini Viltanioti, at the Université libre de Bruxelles. Additionally, Anna participated as an invited discussant to the international conference 'Anima, corpo, passioni nel pensiero antico', organized by Cristina Viano, in Venice.

 

Brian Prince 

During October Brian revised his article on the powers of knowledge and opinion in Republic V, and worked on his article on the disease theory in the Timaeus.

 

David Yates

During October David began working on a paper investigating the Pythagorean commitment to the fundamentality of number, focusing on the casual-explanatory role of mathematics in physics.

 

Tamer Nawar

In October Tamer worked on a paper focusing on Aristotle's philosophy of nature in Physics III-IV.

 

Irini Viltanioti

During October, Irini worked on two papers. The first is entitled 'Powers and Divine Statues in Porphyry of Tyre'. It was presented in the international conference 'Divine Powers in Late Antiquity', which she co-organised (Brussels, Royal Academy of Belgium, 11th and 12th October). The second is entitled 'Porphyry’s Letter to Marcella: A Literary Attack on Christian Appropriation of (Neo) Pythagorean Moral Wisdom?'. It was presented in the international conference 'Forms and Transformations of Pythagorean Knowledge: Askesis – Religion – Science' (Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for the Scientific Study of Religion, 22nd – 24th October). In addition, Irini continued working on her forthcoming monograph on 'The harmony of the Sirens from Ancient Pythagoreanism to Plato' (in French). Finally, she had two papers accepted for publication: the first, on 'The Emergence of Political Theory in Herodotus’ Persian Debate: Ancient Controversies and Modern Repercussions in Otanes’ Speech of Isonomia (III 80, 25 – 31)', will be published in Diotima 42 (2014). The second, on 'Plato on Iron Reduction Technique (Ti. 60 d 2 – 5)', will be published in Almagest, International Journal for the History of Scientific Ideas 5 (May 2014).


Giannis Stamatellos

During October Giannis revised his article on virtue and hexis in Plotinus forthcoming in The International Journal for the Platonic Tradition.

 

Jean-David Lafrance 

In October, Jean-David gave a talk entitled ‘On the Fusion of an Object with Itself’ at the Formal Metaphysics Workshop organized by the research group Arché, University of St-Andrews. He also completed a paper on Whole Presence, and submitted it for review.

 

Catherine Rowett

Catherine Rowett's visit to Oxford during October was spent investigating the relation between Pythagorean and Heraclitean ontologies in the background to Plato's Phaedo. During her visit she also assisted with a three day conference discussing the value of approaching ancient philosophy using the tools of analytic philosophy, and the contribution that work on ancient philosophy can make to contemporary analytic philosophy.

 

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September 2013

Anna Marmodoro

In September Anna gave a talk titled 'Aristotle on the problem of common sensibles' at the international conference, Aristotelian and Contemporary Perspectives on the Mind, which the project organised in Oxford in collaboration with Mika Perala from the University of Helsinki and the Maison Française d'Oxford. An abstract for the talk follows:

Aristotle draws a distinction between qualities that are perceptible via a single sense only, the special sensibles, and qualities that are perceptible by more than one sense at once, the common sensibles.  What are the ontology and the epistemology of the common sensibles, in light of Aristotle’s assumption that each sense organ is sensitive to only its own special sensibles?  Does the problem of common sensibles give us reasons for giving up a ‘separatist’ view of sense experiences? Or rather can it be solved by postulating extra perceptual powers for the senses? Are more ‘parsimonious’ options viable?  In this paper I engage with these and related questions, which have attracted the interest of Aristotelian scholars (Gregoric 2007, Johansen 2012) and philosophers of the mind (Tye 2007) alike.  I offer my own reading of Aristotle’s account and examine its philosophical viability.

Additionally, Anna gave a talk on the topic of the special modality of dispositions at the international conference Laws of Nature, Dispositions and Natural Modality in Geneva; she is now writing up the paper. 

Finally, this month Anna submitted a review of Thomas Johansen's book Aristotle on the Powers of the Mind to the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.


Brian Prince

During September, Brian worked on his paper on the metaphysics of the theory of health and disease in the Timeaus.


David Yates

During September, David re-worked his paper on powerful causation for the proposed volume, Metaphysics of Relations, which he is co-editing with Anna Marmodoro. He also continued working on his paper on dispositional theories of modality, and begun investigating pre-Socratic metaphysics in preparation for his research on this during the academic year 2013-14.


Irini Viltanioti

During September, Irini worked on her forthcoming monograph titled “L’harmonie des Sirènes du pythagorisme ancien à Platon”.

 

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August 2013

Anna Marmodoro

In August Anna re-worked on her paper 'Aristotelian powers at work: reciprocity without symmetry in causation', which is now forthcoming in Jon Jacobs (ed.) Putting Powers to Work, OUP.  She also prepared her forthcoming talk on 'Aristotle on the problem of common sensibles' for the conference Aristotelian and Contemporary Perspectives on the Mind, which will take place in Oxford in September.

 

Brian Prince

During August, Brian prepared abstracts for two new papers, one on the theory of disease in Plato's Timaeus, the other proposing a new reading of Socrates' last words in the Phaedo. He also revised his paper on Plato's Republic V. His paper 'Physical Change in Plato'sTimaeus' was accepted for publication by Apeiron.

 

David Yates

During August David continued working on his paper on neo-Aristotelian accounts of modality. His Critical Notice of Thomas Nagel's Mind and Cosmos was published in Analysis.

 

Irini Viltanioti 

During August, Irini has been working on her forthcoming monograph titled “L’harmonie des Sirènes du pythagorisme ancien à Platon”.



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July 2013

Anna Marmodoro

In July Anna presented the first draft of her paper on `Empedocles' Dynamic, Changeless World' at the international conference she organised on Empedocles' metaphysics in Oxford.  She also gave a talk on the 'The ontological commitments of Aristoteliam dispositionalism' at the international conference `The Ontological Commitments of Dispositionalism' in Innsbruck.

 

Brian Prince

During July Brian continued work on his papers on the Phaedo and the Philebus, and also revised his paper on the Statesman.


David Yates

During August David submitted two papers for review (one on powers, the other on quiddities), and continued working on his paper discussing the formal consequences of neo-Aristotelian accounts of modality.

 

Irini Viltanioti

In July, Irini continued polishing up her forthcoming monograph entitled “L’harmonie des Sirènes du pythagorisme ancien à Platon”. In addition, she resubmitted her paper on powers in Republic V. Furthermore, she presented her paper on “Plato on Iron Reduction Technique” at the conference "Science and Religion in South Eastern European Space", Narses Project, Aristeia (Hermoupolis, Syros, 7th-8th July 2013) and, subsequently, submitted it to a journal. She also submitted a third paper on “The Emergence of Political Theory in Herodotus’ Persian Debate. Ancient Controversies and Modern Repercussions in Otanes’ speech on isonomia (III 80, 25 -31)”. 

 

 

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June 2013

Anna Marmodoro

In June Anna worked on her paper provisionally titled `Empedocles' Dynamic, Changeless World'.  Anna and Brian also started working on an edited volume titled Causation and Creation in Classical and Late Antiquity, under contract with Cambridge University Press and expected to appear in 2015.

 

Brian Prince

During June Brian worked on his paper on the forms in the Phaedo. He also re-submitted his paper on powers in Republic V.  Brian and Anna also started working on an edited volume titled Causation and Creation in Classical and Late Antiquity, under contract with Cambridge University Press and expected to appear in 2015.

 

David Yates

During June David completed his paper on powers and laws, continued working on his paper on quiddities, and presented a new paper on modality at the University of Lisbon.


Irini Viltanioti

During June, Irini continued working on her paper on “Powers and Divine Statues in Porphyry and Iamblichus”. She has also completed her paper on “Plato on Iron Reduction Technique”.  The second paper is to be presented at the conference "Science and Religion in South Eastern European Space", Narses Project, Aristeia (Hermoupolis, Syros, 7th-8th July 2013).

 

 

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May 2013

Anna Marmodoro

Anna has started working on a new paper on Empedocles' metaphysics.

 

Brian Prince

During May, Brian re-submitted his paper on the Statesman to a journal, and continued work on his paper on forms in the Phaedo.

 

Irini Viltanioti

During May, Irini has been working on a new paper on Powers and Divine Statues in Porphyry and Iamblichus.

 

Giannis Stamatellos

During May, Giannis completed revisions of his paper on "Plotinian friendship", to appear in Ancient and Medieval Concepts of Friendship, edited by Gary Gurtler and Suzanne Stern-Gillet, forthcoming with SUNY Press, 2013.  He also completed the revisions of his book review on J. Wilberding , C. Horn (eds.) Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, forthcoming in The Classical Review 63.2 406–408, 2013.
 


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April 2013

Anna Marmodoro

In April Anna presented a revised version of he paper on 'Anaxagoras' Power Gunk' at the British Society for the History Philosophy annual meeting, in York. She also gave a research seminar on Aristotle's power structuralism at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Brian Prince

During April, Brian continued work on his paper about causality in the Phaedo.

David Yates

During April David continued polishing two papers, one on powers and the other on quiddities, and began working on a new paper on Aristotelian accounts of modality and their implications for modal logic. He submitted a review of Thomas Nagel's book, Mind and Cosmos(OUP, 2012), to Analysis Reviews.

Irini Viltanioti

During April, Irini continued polishing her monograph entitled “L’harmonie des Sirènes du pythagorisme ancien à Platon” and finished working on her paper on powers in Republic V. In addition, she has started working on the fragments of Porphyry’s Treatise On Statues.

Giannis Stamatellos

Giannis's paper 'Virtue and Disposition in Plotinus' was conditionally accepted for publication in The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition.

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March 2013

Anna Marmodoro

During March Anna gave talks at an international workshop on the intersection of Aristotelian Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Physics, in Cambridge (UK), and at the American Philosophical Association meeting (Ground and Essence session) in San Francisco, CA.  Two of her papers are forthcoming in press:

  1. 'Potenza, materia e forma nella metafisica di Aristotele' in E. Grimi (ed.) Tradizione e Innovazione, special issue of the journalPhilosophical News.
  2. 'Aristotle's Hylomorphism Without Reconditioning' in D. Andriopoulos (ed.) Substances, Wholes and Parts

Anna is currently a visiting fellow at the Centre for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University).

Brian Prince

During March Brian continued work on his paper on the forms in the Phaedo. He also completed a review of Argument from Hypothesis in Ancient Philosophy, edited by Angela Longo and Davide Del Forno (2011, Bibliopolis). The review is forthcoming in The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition.

David Yates

During March, David completed his paper on the nature of powers and qualities, and their distinctive relations to laws of nature, and submitted it for review. He also continued revising his paper on quiddistic knowldge, in which he now argues for a kind of epistemic disjunctivism about evidential seemings, and began research for a new paper on the possibility of reducing metaphysical modality to powers.

Irini Viltanioti

During March Irini continued working on her paper on powers in Republic V, and continued polishing her monograph On the Harmony of the Sirens from Ancient Pythagoreanism to Plato.

Giannis Stamatellos

During March Giannis continued working on his paper on Plotinian Friendship, and gave a talk on "Plotinus and Neoplatonism" as an invited speaker at the Hellenic Open University in Athens.

Giannis' paper "Plotinus on Transmigration: a Reconsideration" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Ancient Philosophy.

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February 2013

Anna Marmodoro

During February Anna worked on her paper on Aristotle's hylomorphism, titled "Hylomorphsim Without Reconditioning". The abstract follows:
 
A number of contemporary metaphysicians have recently argued that Aristotle’s hylomorphism and its neo-Aristotelian versions need to be ‘reconditioned’ in order to be philosophically viable.  In the first part of the paper I argue that these arguments in fact target only mereological hylomorphism, which is not Aristotle’s; additionally, I submit, the proposed reconditioning opens up as many problems as it aims to solve.  If mereological hylomorphism, as well as reconditioned mereological hylomorphism, are shown to be prey of difficulties, this is an important albeit indirect conclusion in support of Aristotle’s own position. In the second part of the paper I investigate Aristotle’s hylomorphism in its own right,   I examine the metaphysical status of matter and form, and the unity of substance,  I conclude that Aristotle’s hylomorphism stands in need of no reconditioning, contrary to what others have recently argued.

Brian Prince

During February Brian worked on his paper on the forms in the Phaedo, and also finished his paper on the Statesman, and submitted it to a journal.

David Yates

During February, David continued working on his paper on powers and qualities, began revising his paper on quiddistic knowledge, and started work on a new paper investigating the nature of ontological dependency.

Irini Viltanioti

During February, Irini continued polishing her forthcoming monograph On the Harmony of the Sirens from Ancient Pythagoreanism to Plato. She also started working on a new paper on Pythagoreanism and polemic against Christianity in Porphyry's Letter to Marcella. In addition, she has been co-organizing the conference "Divine powers in Late Antiquity"/ "Puissances divines dans l'Antiquité Tardive" in collaboration with Dr Anna Marmodoro and Prof. Baudouin Decharneux (University of Brussels). Her paper, "Powers as the Fundamental Items in Philolaus' Ontology" is now available on the webpage of the Wiener-Anspach Foundation.

Giannis Stamatellos

During February, Giannis worked on his paper on Plotinian friendship, to appear in Ancient and Medieval Concepts of Friendship, edited by Gary Gurtler and Suzanne Stern-Gillet, forthcoming with SUNY Press.

He also completed revisions to his paper "Eternity in Plotinus", which is forthcoming in The Czech and Slovak Journal of Humanities: Philosophica, and will be published in 2013.

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January 2013 

Anna Marmodoro 

In January Anna worked on a new draft of her paper provisionally titled: "Anaxagoras' Power Gunk".  The abstract follows:

In this paper I investigate the foundations of Anaxagoras' ontology: the basic elements, their mixture, and the principles of causation, composition and division at play in Anaxagoras' system. I will further explore whether, as some have suggested, Anaxagoras' ontology is a gunk ontology, and if so, what types of entity are gunky in his ontology.

Brian Prince

During January, Brian finished his paper on the Statesman, and began new work on the theory of forms in the Phaedo.

David Yates

During January, David wrote a new paper investigating the distinction between powers and qualities, and will submit this paper for review early in 2013.

Irini Viltanioti

During January, Irini continued polishing up her forthcoming monograph based on her Ph.D. dissertation. She also kept working on her paper on powers in Plato's Republic V. Her paper "Ερως δαίμων μέγας (Pl. Smp. 202e).  Diotime de Mantinée sur la nature d'Eros" was submitted for publication in the forthcoming Proceedings of the International Conference "Femme, Eros et Philosophie", which took place at Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) in December 2011.

Giannis Stamatellos

A new review of Giannis' book, Introduction to the Presocratics:  A Thematic Approach to Early Greek Philosophy with Key Readings, has just been published in The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition.  The review is available here.