Seminar of Neoplatonic Studies

On its fifth year the Seminar of Neoplatonic Studies will explore two thematic cycles. The first one, on evil, will explore the intertwining of materiality and evil that informs the groundwork of Platonist thought. The absence of form, concomitant with the absence of the good, establishes materiality and evil as two faces of a single coin, with far reaching consequences. For the first time, the Seminar will follow the lineage of Platonist thought to explore Latin and Medieval thinkers.

For the first time the Seminar will also strive to invite a small number of eminent scholars who will give a presentation and open a discussion on a theme or text of their choice. The second cycle will focus on the Phaedrus, the celebrated Platonic dialogue on eros and the soul, along with the first part of commentary of Hermias on the text, for the first time translated and published in English this year in the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle series.

If you wish to join the group’s readings and mailing list please write to Dr Georgios Tsagdis georgiostsagdis@outlook.com.

Organisers: Dr Georgios Tsagdis, Prof Dilwyn Knox, Dr Sara Miglietti

Thursdays, 17:30 – 19:30

Spring Term 2019

Date Time Title Location
10 January 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Proclus, On the Existence of Evils, 40-49 Classroom 2
17 January 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Proclus, On the Existence of Evils, 50-56 Classroom 2
24 January 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Thomas Aquinas, De Malo, Q1-5 Classroom 2
31 January 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Ia, Q48- Classroom 2
07 February 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Giordano Bruno, Selection of Passages Classroom 2
14 February 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Review Session Classroom 2
21 February 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Invited Speaker, TBC Classroom 2
28 February 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Plato, Phaedrus, 227-243 Classroom 2
7 March 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Plato, Phaedrus, 243e-257b Classroom 2
14 March 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Plato, Phaedrus, 257-279 Classroom 2
21 March 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Invited Speaker, TBC Classroom 2
28 March 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Hermias, On the Phaedrus, 47-59 Classroom 2

Summer Term 2019

Date Time Title Location
25 April 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm Hermias, On the Phaedrus, 93-109 Classroom 2
2 May 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Hermias, On the Phaedrus, 109-123

Classroom 2
9 May 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Hermias, On the Phaedrus, 123-134

Classroom 2
16 May 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Hermias, On the Phaedrus, 143-152

Classroom 2
23 May 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Hermias, On the Phaedrus, 152-171

Classroom 2
30 May 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Review Session

Classroom 2
6 June 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm TBC Classroom 2
13 June 2019 5.30pm - 7.30pm TBC Classroom 2