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Afterlives of Hellenistic Ethics

 

Date: Friday 8 April 2016
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Venue: Toowong Rowing Club, 37 Keith St, St Lucia
Registration: Please register by 5 April 2016 by emailing uqche@uq.edu.au

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Speakers

  • Professor Ada Palmer (University of Chicago)
  • Dr Patrick Gray (Durham University)
  • Dr Diana Barnes (University of Queensland)
  • Associate Professor Matthew Sharpe (Deakin University)

What accounts for the enduring influence of Hellenistic life-philosophies—Stoicism, Epicureanism, Scepticism, Neoplatonism, and other such movements? What is living or dead in ancient ethical philosophy today?

This cross-disciplinary symposium encourages reflections on the long-term impact of Hellenistic ethical philosophy from antiquity up to the present. Topics under discussion will include the reception of Lucretian and Epicurean ethical and scientific ideas in the Renaissance, early modern and Enlightenment engagements with Stoicism, and the critique of Senecan ethics by Erasmus and Montaigne.

The symposium will consist of a series of papers followed by general discussion. A full program will be available shortly.

Fully catered.


Image: Frontispiece to 1563 edition of Lucretius’s De rerum natura, edited by Denis Lambin and printed in Paris. This copy was owned by Michel de Montaigne, and bears his hand-written annotations. Courtesy of the University of Cambridge Digital Library.