Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Call for Papers - Reason and Myth in Platonism

The seventh annual Prometheus Trust Conference has been arranged for
June 29-July 1, 2012 - Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

Logos, Mythos, Sophos: Reason and Myth in the Search for Wisdom

The Platonic tradition has always embraced both reason and myth in its
cultivation of wisdom -- but what is their relationship? Are they in
opposition or complementary? How should we understand Socrates' views on
Homer and his fellow poets as stated in the second and third books of
the Republic, and Proclus' response in his Scholia on that dialogue? As
philosophers within our own time and culture, are we still able to
balance the two approaches and take from each the insights available to
those of ancient times? What kinds of reasoning and what kinds of myths
contribute to our own cultivation of wisdom? This conference invites
papers on these and other related questions. The Prometheus Trust'seeks
to build on previous conferences, in which contributors from diverse
backgrounds -- professional and amateur -- pooled their insights in
pursuit of wisdom.

The Trust is delighted that John F Finamore (who needs no introduction
here, I'm sure) has agreed to give the keynote address.

Further details, including deadlines for submission of abstracts, fees,
etc, can be found on the Prometheus Trust website at


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Proclus Conference in Amsterdam this February


Date 1-4 February 2012
Location Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
The Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam (routing)

This colloquium will bring together leading scholars and young researchers
from all over the globe in celebration of the 1600th anniversary of the Neoplatonist Proclus (412-485 A.D.). They will gather in
Amsterdam to establish an inventory of the status quo of Proclean
studies today and to discuss possible lines of future research on the
various aspects of Proclus’ thought. The colloquium will result in the publication of a comprehensive volume on Proclus’
philosophy, to be published with Oxford University Press.

The colloquium is sponsored and hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of
Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is co-funded by the C.J. de Vogel Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific
Research (NWO), the De Wulf - Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and
Renaissance Philosophy and the K.U.Leuven Research Fund.

Since places are limited, we recommend you to register at your earliest
convenience and in any case not later than 15 January, by filling in theregistration form.

Conference fee
For registration without conference dinner the fee is € 100, which gets
you all conference materials, lunches, coffee and tea, a reception on
Wednesday, and a visit with guided tour of the Allard Pierson Museum on
Friday. For registration including the conference
dinner on Friday the fee is € 150. If you wish to attend part of the
colloquium, please contact the organisers.

More information
* Program (pdf)
* List of participants (pdf)
* Colloquium's webpage
Or contact the organisers, Pieter d’Hoine (pieter.dhoine@hiw.kuleuven.be) or Marije Martijn (m.martijn@vu.nl) for information on the conference program.

C.J. de Vogel Foundation