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

  • Week 1: Thurs 8 Oct 2020: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book I, chapters 1 and 2 - History and approaches to theology
  • Week 2: Thurs 15 Oct 2020: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book I, chapter 3 - That the First Principle is beyond intellect
  • Week 3: Thurs 22 Oct 2020: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book I, chapters 4 and 5 - Modes of theology, and Plato’s dialogues
  • Week 4: Thurs 29 Oct 2020: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book V, chapters 1 and 2 - Intellect and the Demiurge
  • Week 5: Thurs 5 Nov 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book I, Diehl 1-7 - The target of the Timaeus
  • Week 6: Thurs 12 Nov 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book I, Diehl 7-14 - The context of the Timaeus
  • Week 7: Thurs 19 Nov 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 264-272 - The paradigmatic cause of the universe
  • Week 8: Thurs 26 Nov 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 272-279 - Cosmic enquires and the text of the dialogue
  • Week 9: Thurs 3 Dec 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 279-285 - On Generation
  • Week 10: Thurs 10 Dec 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 285-290 - An everlasting universe
  • Week 11: Thurs 17 Dec 2020: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 290-299 - An everlasting coming into being

Spring Term 2021: 7 January - 1 April

  • Week 12: Thurs 7 Jan 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 299-303 - The Demiurge
  • Week 13: Thurs 14 Jn 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 303-310 - The Demiurge, a Platonic history
  • Week 14: Thurs 21 Jan 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 310-319 - The Demiurge, Proclus and Syrianus
  • Week 15: Thurs 28 Jan 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 319-325 - The paradigm and the cosmos
  • Week 16: Thurs 4 Feb 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 325-330 - Paradigm, Demiurge and “the Best”
  • Week 17: Thurs 11 Feb 2021: Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 330-337 - Beautiful paradigm, beautiful image.
  • Week 18: Thurs 18 Feb 2021: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book III, chapters 1 and 2 3 and 4 - the One and the Gods
  • Week 19: Thurs 25 Feb 2021: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book III, chapters 7 and 8 - the Bound and the Infinite
  • Week 20: Thurs 4 March 2021: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book III, chapters 12-14 - the Intelligible triads
  • Week 21: Thurs 11 March 2021: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book IV, chapters 2 and 3 - Intelligible-Intellectual Gods
  • Week 22: Thurs 18 March 2021: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book V, chapters 3 and 4 - the Intellectual hebdomad
  • Week 23: Thurs 25 March 2021: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book V, chapters 17 and 18 - Demiurge and his juniors
  • Week 24: Thurs 1 April 2021: Proclus Theology of Plato, Book VI, chapters 1 and 2 - The Ruling, Liberated and Cosmic Gods

Summer Term 2021: 15 April-17 June

Details to be fully updated soon.