Ancient Studies

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Spring 2013

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Lecture

Julie Ward, Loyola University Chicago
"The Greek Practice of Theoria and Aristotle's Refinement"
Thursday, March 7, 2013
5:00 p.m. - Seelye 201

 

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Fall 2012

 

Presentation of the Minor in Ancient Studies

 

DATE CHANGED DUE TO Hurricane Sandy

Monday, November 5, 2012

5:00 p.m. - Dewey Hall Philosophy Study

 

 

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Thursday, February 10, 2011, 5:00 PM, Seelye 106

THE SKOPOS OF A PLATONIC DIALOGUE AND THE MAINTENANCE OF TEXTUAL COMMUNITIES IN LATE ANTIQUE PLATONISM

Dirk Baltzly, Philosophy at Monash University

This lecture will consider “the use of Brian Stock’s notion of a ‘textual community’ with respect to the neoplatonic schools, and in particular with respect to the Athenian school in the 5th century CE. Members of a textual community seek to create a communal life understood in terms of concepts drawn from the text that they regard as authoritative. Niehoff (2007) has explored one aspect of this: the Platonists’ attempts to forestall Christian appropriations of Plato’s Timaeus. Textual communities do indeed define themselves in opposition to external ‘others’ who do not share their unique perspective on the text, so Niehoff’s contribution is a valuable one. This paper, however, looks at the role of Iamblicus’ notion of a skopos or unifying theme for each Platonic dialogue. It considers how this implausible interpretive assumption contributes toward the internal economy of a textual community.”