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
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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.
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