Events and Lectures  

These events are made possible in part by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

2014-2015 Events and Lectures

Spring 2015

April 7, Tuesday, 5:15pm, 214 O'Shaugnessy: Ilaria Ramelli (Catholic University of Milan): "The remarkable role of philosophical asceticism in the rejection of the legitimacy of slavery and social injustice in Greek philosophy, ancient Judaism, and early Christianity."

March 27-28, Friday and Saturday: master-seminar on Calcidius' 4th c. AD Latin commentary on the Timaeus.  See program here.

March 26, Thursday, 3:30-5:30, 117 O'Shaughnessy: George Karamanolis (University of Vienna) will give a presentation on "Kinds of Immortality of Soul in Ancient Philosophy." This presentationw will take place in the context of Prof. Sean Kelsey's class, but visitors are welcome.

March 16, Monday, 5:15pm, 214 O'Shaughnessy: Stasinos Stavrineas (University of Patras, Greece): "Analogy and the Greatest Kinds in Aristotle's Biology.”

January 22, Thursday, 5:15pm (214 O'Shaughnessy). Doug Hutchinson (University of Toronto) and Monte Johnson (UC San Diego): "Let's do philosophy! reconstructing Aristotle's Protrepticus as a dialogue."

Fall 2014

November 12, Wednesday, 5:15pm (O'Shaughnessy 214), Alex Long (Classics, University of Saint-Andrews), "Sophists and Hellenistic Political Philosophy."

September 11, Thursday, 10:15 (107 Malloy). Peter Adamson leads a workshop on Plotinus Ennead 3.4, on daimonia.

October 6, Monday, 5pm (214 O'Shaughnessy). Wiebke Marie Stock will give a talk entitled "What are we? Plotinus on the Subject of Philosophy."

2013-2014 Events and Lectures

Spring 2014

March 5, Wednesday, 5:15 (214 O'Shaughnessy). Svetla Slaveva-Griffin will present "Did the Neoplatonists exile medicine from philosophy?"

Also of interest: Workshop on "Workers, Slaves and the Disenfranchised in Aristotle," May 3-4. The workshop is organized by Joseph Karbowski of Notre Dame and Gregory Salmieri of Boston University. If you wish to attend, please contact Joseph Karbowski (

Joshua Robinson is our graduate student Mellon Fellow this semester (his dissertation is on a Byzantine commentary on Proclus' Elements of Theology).

Fall 2013

September 11, Wednesday, 3:00-4:30pm (Geddes Hall). David O’ Connor (Philosophy) will present "Socrates in Gethsemane" and Bobby McFadden (Ph.D. in Literature) will present "Alypius and Augustine: A Tale of Ciceronian Christians", followed by comments by Hildegund Müller (Classics) and Timothy O’ Malley (Theology). This event is co-hosted by the graduate student-led seminar on Conversion & Literature.

September 24, Tuesday, 5:00-6:30pm (214 O'Shaughnessy). Constance Meinwald (UI Chicago, Philosophy) will present "Who Are the φιλοθεάμονες and What Are They Thinking? The Realm of Opinion in Plato's Republic".

October 3, Thursday, 5:00-6:30pm (214 O'Shaughnessy). Emanuela Bianchi (NYU, Comparative Literature) will be presenting her paper "Critiquing the Aristotelian Organism".

October 28, Monday, 5:00-6:30pm (location TBA). Matt Evans (U of Michigan, Philosophy) will give a paper in the context of Sean Kelsey's graduate seminar (more information forthcoming).

Last but not least, Nathan Sawatzky will be our graduate student Mellon Fellow this semester (his dissertation is on Plato's Republic).


2012-2013 Events and Lectures

Spring 2013

May 31-June 1, "Proclus in Byzantium" workshop, University of Notre Dame London Center. For more information, see: Proclus Conference Schedule.docx

March 22, 107 O'Shaughnessy, Marko Malink (Chicago), 1-3 p.m. "Essence and Modality in Aristotle," and

4-6 p.m. (also in 107 O'Shaughnessy) a workshop entitled "Form, Matter, and Definition in Metaphysics Z.10-11."

April 4-7, 13th Annual Conference of the Ancient Philosophy Society. For more information, visit:

Also of interest: graduate student-led year-long seminar on 'Philosophy and History', organized by Naomi Fisher and Anik Stanbury, for more information see,


Fall 2012

September 13, 11-12:15, 223 De Bartolo: Chris Frey (U Chicago), on Aristotle De An. 2.1-2

September 28, 3-5 p.m., 223 De Bartolo: James Wilberding (Bochum, Germany), "Living Things Too Small To See: Plato's Embryology"

October 11, 11-12:15 p.m., 223 DeBartolo: Arnis Ritups, "Infallible intellect: Using Plotinus to Interpret Aristotle"

October 26, 5:15 p.m., 320 Malloy: Brad Inwood (Toronto), "Virtue: Why bother? An 'Aristotelian' account of moral motivation"

November 29-30, 5 p.m., 320 Malloy: Andre Laks (Lille), "Private Matters in Plato's Laws" (Nov. 29th) and "Joints and Soul. On the Relationship between Aristotle's De anima and De motu animalum" (Nov. 30th)



Past Conferences

Deciding Culture: Stobaeus' Collection of Excerpts, in cooperation with the Catholic University of Milan, Spring 2008, published with Brepols, 2011, as Thinking Through Excerpts: Studies on Stobaeus

Cicero's Practical Philosophy, Fall 2006, published by the University of Notre Dame Press, 2012

Medieval Greek Commentaries on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethic, published by Brill, 2009

Plato's Statesman, Fall 2004, contributions published in the electronic journal Plato

Moral Perfection and the Exemplary Sage, year-long seminar in 2003-2004

Idealism in Antiquity, Spring 2002, published by the University of Notre Dame Press, 2006

Nature and Natural Law, Fall 2002, published in The Studia Philonica Annual 15 (2003)

Plato's Timaeus as Cultural Icon, Spring 2000, published as a collection of essays by the University of Notre Dame Press, 2003

Philo of Alexandria, Fall 1994, published in The Studia Philonica Annual 7 (1995)


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