CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Platonism at the Origins of Modernity: the Platonic Tradition and the Rise of Modern Philosophy


Source of Information: FICINO 2002-11-15
Date of Event: 2002-03-27 to 29
Location of event: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2002-12-31




Platonism at the Origins of Modernity: the Platonic Tradition and the 
Rise of Modern Philosophy

A Conference of the British Society for the History of Philosophy.
Clare College Cambridge 27-29th March 2003.

'Platonism at the Origins of Modernity' will examine role of the 
Platonic tradition in the developments associated with the beginnings of 
modern philosophy. The importance of Platonism in the philosophy of the 
Renaissance is well attested by historians of philosophy, but the 
contribution of Platonism to post-Renaissance developments in philosophy 
has been largely overlooked. And, indeed, Platonism has come to be 
regarded as not having made any significant contribution to the rise of 
modern philosophy. By challenging this picture, the conference aims to 
fill a gap in the history of philosophy, and thereby to change the 
received account of the rise of modern philosophy.

The focus conference will be the philosophy of Platonic tradition in the 
post-Renaissance, and its relationship to 'modern' philosophy. For the 
purposes of the conference, Platonism will be understood to include not 
just the philosophy of Plato but also the other philosophers of the 
Platonic tradition. Likewise, the conference will adopt the consensus 
view of the key importance of the seventeenth century for the origins of 
modern philosophy. The conference will therefore aim to provide an 
overview of the state of Platonic philosophy at this time, giving 
prominence to the contribution of Platonism to the philosophy of the 
seventeenth century. Broadly there will be two aspects to the programme: 
on the one hand papers on the nature and extent of Platonic philosophy 
at this time, and, on the other hand, papers on the relevance of 
Platonism to the canonical philosophers of the seventeenth century.  
Discussions of particular philosophers and relevant philosophical themes 
are also invited, as also papers on Platonic interpreters and 
commentators, on the availability and editions of philosophical texts 
and papers on the regional diversity of Platonic philosophy. There will 
be an opportunity for graduate papers.


Keynote speakers will include: Michael Allen, Werner Beierwalters ; Jean 
Louis Bretau ; Stuart Brown; Stephen Clark; James Hankins; Douglas 
Hedley; Philippe Hoffman; Sarah Hutton; Alain Jaffro; Christia Mercer; 
Dermot Moran; Henri Dominique Saffrey; Wilhelm Schmidt Biggeman; Alain 
Segonds; Stéphane Toussaint.

Proposals for papers (350 words in length) should be sent to the 
organsiers, Dr Sarah Hutton  and Dr Douglas Hedley  , to reach them by 
31st December.