Neoplatonic Studies Seminar

In its seventh year, the Neoplatonic Studies seminar will focus on the theme of Neoplatonic approaches to theology, focusing on Proclus's ideas in particular. The seminar is, as it has been from its inception, open to all – to those who have and do not have ancient Greek, to those well-versed in ancient Neoplatonic philosophy, and to those who are not. The only requisite is ‘a desire to know’. Each week the seminar studies a short passage or two in English translation (though those who prefer to read the original Greek are not forbidden from doing so). This year, as interludes to the programme proper, we intend to invite two established Neoplatonic scholars, names to be announced, to lead the seminar on a topic of their choice.

Thursdays at 5.00-7.00pm. If you are not already a participant and would like to join the sessions, please email Daniel Samuel (daniel.samuel@postgrad.sas.ac.uk) to be sent a link to Zoom.

The seminar is organized by Sara Miglietti (Warburg), Tim Addey (Prometheus Trust), Harold Tarrant (University of Newcastle, Australia), Dilwyn Knox (UCL), Daniel Samuel (Warburg PhD), and Peter Singer.

Autumn Term 2020: 8 October-17 December

  • 8 Oct 2020: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book I, chapters 1 and 2 - History and approaches to theology
  • 15 Oct 2020: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book I, chapter 3 - That the First Principle is beyond intellect
  • 22 Oct 2020: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book I, chapters 4 and 5 - Modes of theology, and Plato’s dialogues
  • 29 Oct 2020: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book V, chapters 1 and 2 - Intellect and the Demiurge
  • 5 Nov 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book I, Diehl 1-7 - The target of the Timaeus
  • 12 Nov 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book I, Diehl 7-14 - The context of the Timaeus
  • 19 Nov 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 264-272 - The paradigmatic cause of the universe
  • 26 Nov 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 272-279 - Cosmic enquires and the text of the dialogue
  • 3 Dec 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 279-285 - On Generation
  • 10 Dec 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 285-290 - An everlasting universe
  • 17 Dec 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 290-299 - An everlasting coming into being

Spring Term 2021: 7 January - 1 April

  • 21 Jan 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 299.13-303.23 - The nature of the Demiurge
  • 28 Jan 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 303.25-307.14 - The Demiurge, a Platonic history to Porphyry
  • 4 Feb 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 307.15-310.2 - The Demiurge, a Platonic history from Iamblichus
  • 11 Feb 2021: Break
  • 18 Feb 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 310.3-315.4 - Plato and Orpheus (1)
  • 25 Feb 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 315.5-319.20 -Plato and Orpheus (2)
  • 4 March 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 319.26-325.21 The paradigm of the Cosmos
  • 11 March 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 325.12-328.14 Orpheus and a generated paradigm
  • 18 March 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 328.15-332.17 On the everlasting paradigm
  • 25 March 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl  332.18 -337.7 "The most beautiful" - the Cosmos as an image
  • 1 April 2021: Guest lecturer: Michael Griffin (University of British Columbia): '"Heaven in a Wild Flower": Neoplatonic Practices of Self-Transformation'

Summer Term 2021: 15 April - 24 June

  • Apr 15: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book III, chapters 1 and 2 3 and 4 - the One and the Gods
  • Apr 22: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book III, chapters 7 and 8 - the Bound and the Infinite
  • Apr 29: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book III, chapters 12-14 - the Intelligible triads
  • May 6: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book IV, chapters 2 and 3 - Intelligible-Intellectual Gods
  • May 13: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book V, chapters 3 and 4 - the Intellectual hebdomad
  • May 20: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book V, chapters 17 and 18 - Demiurge and his juniors
  • May 27: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book VI, chapters 1 and 2 - The Ruling, Liberated & Cosmic Gods
  • June 3: Dionysius, Divine Names, ch. 4, sections 2-8
  • June 10: Dionysius, Divine Names, ch. 4, sections 9-17
  • June 17: Dionysius, Divine Names, ch. 4, sections 18-22
  • June 24: Dionysius, Divine Names, ch. 4, sections 23-35