Seminar of Neoplatonic Studies

In its sixth year, the Neoplatonic Studies seminar will focus on the theme of providence, beginning with readings from Plato and then, after a brief glance at Stoic ideas, as represented by Seneca, moving on to those of Plotinus, Porphyry and Proclus. 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.

The seminar takes place in Classroom 1 of the Warburg Institute, on Thursdays, 5.30-7.30pm (apart from 14 November where it will be in Classroom 2 and 5 December where it will be in Classroom 3/Bing), more or less throughout the academic year, including vacations and reading weeks.

If you are not already a participant and would like to be added to the mailing list or wish to receive further information about the seminar, please contact Daniel Samuel (daniel.samuel@postgrad.sas.ac.uk).

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

Autumn Timetable

Date 
Content
10 October 2019 Plato, Laws, 709a-d; The Republic, X.614-621 (‘The myth of Er’)
17 October 2019 Plato, Timaeus, 41d-42e, 46d-e; Phaedrus, 248c-249b
24 October 2019 Seneca, On Providence, 1-3
31 October 2019 Seneca, On Providence, 4-6
7 November 2019 Plotinus, On Fate, III.1.1-4
14 November 2019 Plotinus, On Fate, III.1.5-10
21 November 2019 Plotinus, On Providence, III.2.1-4
28 November 2019 Plotinus, On Providence, III.2.5-9
5 December 2019 Plotinus, On Providence, III.2.10-15
12 December 2019 Plotinus, On Providence, III.2.16-18
19 December 2019 Plotinus, On Providence, III.3.1-4

 

Winter Timetable

Date
Content
16 January 2020 Plotinus, On Providence, III.3.5-7
23 January 2020 Porphyry, On What is in Our Power
30 January 2020 Proclus, On Providence, 1-5a
6 February 2020 Proclus, On Providence, 5b-14
13 February 2020 Invited speaker
20 February 2020 Proclus, On Providence, 15-26
27 February 2020 Proclus, On Providence, 27-32
5 March 2020 Proclus, On Providence, 33-44
12 March 2020 Proclus, On Providence, 45-55
19 March 2020 Proclus, On Providence, 56-66
26 March 2020 Proclus, Ten Doubts concerning Providence, Preface and qu. 1

 

Summer Timetable

Date
Content
2 April 2020 Proclus, Ten Doubts concerning Providence, qu. 2
16 April 2020 No seminar
23 April 2020 Proclus, Ten Doubts concerning Providence, qu. 3, §§9-14
30 April 2020 Proclus, Ten Doubts concerning Providence, qu. 3, §§15-20
7 May 2020 Proclus, Ten Doubts concerning Providence, qu. 4
14 May 2020 Proclus, Ten Doubts concerning Providence, qu. 5
21 May 2020 Proclus, Ten Doubts concerning Providence, qu. 6
28 May 2020 Proclus, Ten Doubts concerning Providence, qu. 7
4 June 2020 Proclus, Ten Doubts concerning Providence, qu. 8
11 June 2020 Invited speaker
18 June 2020 Proclus, Ten Doubts concerning Providence, qu. 9-10
25 June 2020 Dionysius the Areopagite, The Divine Names, IV.31-35