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Both One and Not One

The Annual Conference of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies

Helsinki, 14-16 June 2007

Key note speakers are professor Lloyd P. Gerson (University of Toronto, with a paper tentatively entitled "From Plato's Good to Platonic God") and professor Suzanne Stern-Gillet (Bolton University).

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Thursday, 14 June

Main Building, University of Helsinki
Unioninkatu 34, lecture hall XII.

  • Registration from 3.30 to 6 pm.
  • Opening of the conference at 4 pm followed by a panel on publishing chaired by John F. Finamore (University of Iowa) with Suzanne Stern-Gillet (University of Bolton) and Irene van Rossum (Brill)
  • (for the registered participants only)

Friday, 15 June

Tieteiden talo (The House of Arts and Sciences), Kirkkokatu 6
(lectures open to public)

Place

Sali 309

Sali 313

Sali 401

Sali 404

Panel

Middle-Platonic Sources

Chair: John F. Finamore

Thinking Beyond Being

Chair: Jussi Backman

Eternity and Time

Chair: Eric Perl

19th Century Influences

Chair: Jay Bregman

9.00-9.45

Harold Tarrant (University of Newcastle, Australia): Middle Platonist Influences: Doctrinal or Exegetical?

Brendan O’Byrne (Trinity College, Dublin): Epekeina tes ousias: Plato, Plotinus and Heidegger

José Carlos Baracat Jr.(Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil): Desire and Time in Plotinus

Jay Bregman (University of Maine): Neoplatonic Philosophy & Theurgy in The Later Transcendentalists

9.45-10.30

John Dillon (Trinity College, Dublin): Monism and Dualism in the Platonist Tradition from Plato to Plotinus

Jussi Backman (University of Helsinki): Absolute Unity and Temporal Unity:

Proclus and Heidegger on Plato’s Parmenides

Deepa Majumdar (Purdue University North Central): Soul, Self, and the Appearance of Time in the Enneads of Plotinus

Erja Lipponen (University of Maine): Philothea – Nineteenth century New-England Neo-Platonism

Break

10.30-10.45

 

10.45-11.30

Annick Charles-Saget (Université Paris X-Nanterre): Remarques sur les expressions de théologie négative avant Plotin

Triin Kallas: The Eternal Return of (the Reversal of) the Platonism: A Study of Translations

Eric Perl (Loyola Marymount University): Eternity as Paradigmatic Time in Plotinus

Sandra Dučić-Collette (University of Köln and University of Göttingen): “Grundbegriffe und Zukunfts-Möglichkeiten des Humanismus”: How Plato’s Metaphysics Went Over to Christian Mystik in the Light of Lagerborg’s Die Platonische Liebe

11.30-12.15

John F. Finamore (University of Iowa): Apuleius, The Chaldaean Oracles, and the Neoplatonic Gods

Robert Berchman (Dowling College and Bard College): Intellect and Intentionality in Aristotle and Plotinus

Ben Schomakers: Experiencing Eternity. On Conflicting Anthropological Tendencies in Plotinus

Tomasz Mróz (University of Zielona Góra, Poland): Plato’s Works Interpreted by the Representatives of the Neo-scholastic Movement in Poland

Lunch

12.15-13.15

 

Place

Sali 104

Keynote speaker

13.15-14.30

Lloyd P. Gerson (University of Toronto):

From Plato’s Good to Platonic God

Break

14.30-14.45

 

Place

Sali 309

Sali 313

Sali 401

Sali 401

Panel

Action, Individual and Community

Chair: Robert Berchman

Neoplatonic Logic

Chair:

John Martin

Eternity and Time (continued)

On the Edges of Artistic Representation

Chair: Oiva Kuisma

14.45-15.30

Svetla Slaveva-Griffin (Florida State University): Plato’s Hippocrates: The Healing Art of Medicine and Philosophy

M. Martijn (VU University, Amsterdam): Geometrical Conversion in Proclus’ Philosophy of Nature, Philosophy Faculty

Eleni Perdikouri (University of Patras): Matter, Logos and Time. The Temporal Structure of the Sensible World in Plotinus

Oiva Kuisma (University of Helsinki): Art and Logos in Neoplatonism

15.30-16.15

Pauliina Remes (University of Helsinki): Inverting the Order of Priority: Simplicius on Theory and Practice

John Martin (University of Cincinnati): The Lover of the Beautiful and the Good: Platonic Foundations of Aesthetic and Moral Value

Gina Zavota (Kent State University): On the Possibility of a Phenomenological Eternity: Plotinus, Husserl, and the Road Less Travelled

Tony Brinkley (University of Maine) and Raina Kostova (Jacksonville State University): Looking into the Sun: The Idea of the Countenance in Pavel Florensky’s Iconostasis

Break

16.15-16.30

 

16.30-17.15

Noel Hubler: Finding treasure in Aristotle and Plotinus: The Ethical and Political Consequences of Aristotle’s and Plotinus’ Ontology.

Anna Zhyrkova (Tel Aviv University): Porphyry’s Interpretation of Categories – A Neoplatonic Approach to Nominalism?

Helen Lang (Villanova University: Time as Life and Time as a Measure of Movement and Life

Heather Parsons (University of Maine): Represented Body of Elizabeth I: Surmising a Mystical Aesthetic?

17.15-18.00

Thomas Vidart (Paris): Plotin et les genres Stoïciens

Paul Thom (Southern Cross University, Australia): Formal Ontology in Augustine’s De Trinitate

Vladimir Cvetkovic: Philoponus and St. Maximus the Confessor: The Refutation of the Eternity of the World

 

Friday Conference Banquet

Banquet for the conference speakers only at 7 pm (15 June). Place to be announced.

Saturday 16 June

Tieteiden talo, Kirkkokatu 6
(lectures open to public)

Place

Sali 309

Sali 313

Sali 401

Sali 404

Panel

Mind: Unity, Identity, and Explanation

Chair:

Miira Tuominen

Genera of Being in Plotinus

Chair: Luc Brisson

Neoplatonic Mysticism

Chair:

Deepa Majumdar

Mirrors and Images: Symbol and Likeness in the Platonic Tradition

Chair: Taneli Kukkonen

9.00-9.45

Miira Tuominen (University of Helsinki): Is Aristotle’s Theory of Intellect Neoplatonic?

Luc Brisson (C.N.R.S., Paris): La doctrine du logos dans la critique par Plotin des categories d’Aristote

Crystal Addey (University of Bristol): Rationality, Supra-rationality and Mysticism in Iamblichean Theurgy and Divination

Alexei Medvedev (University of South Australia): From Within the Mouth Cave: Plato’s Cratylus and Iconicity, Sound Symbolism and Phonosemantic Hypothesis on Human Language

9.45-10.30

Damian Caluori (Worcester College, Oxford, and University of Zurich): The Unity of All Souls: Why Plotinus Introduced the Hypostasis Soul

Pieter d’Hoine (University of Leuven): The Neoplatonic Debate on Forms of symbebèkota

Tuomo Lankila (University of Helsinki): Theurgy and Mysticism in Proclus

Sonja Weiss (University of Ljubljana): Plotinus on Love for the One

Break

10.30-10.45

       

10.45-11.30

Gwenaëlle Aubry (C.N.R.S., Paris): Self, Identity, and Identification in Plotinus

Hayden Ausland (University of Montana): Analytic Method in Later Platonism and Socratic Induction

Zeke Mazur (University of Chicago): What is the Self to Which One Must Revert? A “Crypto-Hypostasis” as Both Subject and Object of Plotinian “Autocentric” Mysticism

Enrica Ruaro (University of Genoa): The Plant, the Grubs and the Gardener. A Contribution to the Reading of En. IV.3.4. 26-37

11.30-12.15

Orna Harari (Tel Aviv University): Proclus on Mathematical Explanation

Christophe Erismann (University of Cambridge): John of Damascus and Neoplatonic Logic

Jean-Marc Narbonne (Laval University) : TBA

Mikko Telaranta (University of Helsinki): TBA

Lunch

12.15-13.15

 

Place

Sali 104

Keynote speaker

13.15-14.30

Suzanne Stern-Gillet (University of Bolton):

Plotinus and the Moral Point of View

Break

14.30-14.45

 

Place

Sali 309

Sali 313

Sali 401

Sali 404

Panel

Soul: Perception, Life and Imagination

Chair: Pauliina Remes

Freedom, Providence and Fate

Chair: J.-M. Charrue

Virtues in Plotinus

Chair: Gary Gurtler

The Genesis of the World: Aspects of the Platonic Tradition

Chair: Pauli Annala

14.45-15.30

Steven Strange (Emory University): Plotinus on the Objects of Sense-Perception

Pr. E. Moutsopoulos (Académie d’Athènes): Kairos et expectative, sur une sémantique de l'espérance chez Proclus

Gary Gurtler (Boston College): How the Mighty Have Fallen: On Virtues (I 2[19]), On Dialectic (I 3[20])

Pauli Annala (University of Helsinki): Timaeus 29A and the Origins of the Metaphysics of Three Principles

15.30-16.15

Mika Perälä (University of Helsinki): Plotinus on Paying Attention in Enn. IV.4.8

Maria Protopapas-Marnelli (Académie d’Athènes): Hasard et Intelligence humaine

Bernard Collette (The Free University of Brussels): On the Mutual Implication of Virtues According to Plotinus and its Stoic Background (Enn. I 2 [19] 7, Stobaeus II, 63, 6-24 and other texts)

Taneli Kukkonen (University of Victoria): Causation and Creation: Ancient Dilemmas, Arabic Answers

Break

16.15-16.30

 

16.30-17.15

Peter Lautner (Budapest): Thoughts and Mental Images in Porphyry’s Commentary on Ptolemy’s Harmonics

Jean-Michel Charrue (Université de Lille III, Paris): Providence et liberté dans la pensée de Proclus

Sebastian Gertz (University of Cambridge):
The Plotinian Ascent and the Neo-Platonist Interpretation of Phaedo 63b-69e

Lorenz Festin (San Carlos Seminary,

Philippines): Trinity and Creation: The Significance of the Neoplatonic and Aristotelian Perspective

17.15-18.00

Jari Kaukua (University of Jyväskylä): Neoplatonic Influences on Avicenna’s Discussion of Self-awareness

Matthieu Guyot: L’âme du sage peut-elle se libérer’ de son corps? (La question du suicide dans la pensée de Plotin)

   

 

Membership

The speakers are strongly encouraged to join the society. Please see our membership page for details (www.isns.us/membership.htm)

Registration fee

The registration fee of the conference is 65 Euros, payable by all speakers excluding the keynote speakers. The fee should be paid directly to the conference bank account:

IBAN number for international transfers: FI44 1660 3000 1049 87
Finnish bank account number for domestic payments: Nordea 166030-104987
SWIFT (BIC) code: NDEAFIHH

N.B. The transfer information must include the reference 99108159 and a message specifying the participant's name and affiliation (e.g. University of Helsinki). Otherwise the payment will not be registered.

Payments will be accepted until 15 May 2007. Note that we cannot accept cash, cheques or credit cards. After 15 May 2007, the registration fee will not be refunded. If the payment cannot be made under the participant's name, please email information on the payment and the participant to mika.perala@helsinki.fi.

The registration fee includes among other things one dinner and some coffee servings.


Please also note that earlier during the same week, Helsinki will host two conferences that may be of interest to the ISNS participants,
Applying Peirce -- International Conference at the University of Helsinki and the 9th World Congress of Semiotics with which the Peirce conference is arranged in conjunction. For those interested, please visit the web-site:
http://www.helsinki.fi/peirce/2007/index.html

Accomodations and Travel

Each participant is obliged to provide and organise for his or her own accommodation and travelling. For information on hotels and the city in general, please visit the official website of the City of Helsinki at

http://www.helsinki.fi/en/index.shtml

Under the title 'Tourism and recreation', you may find out, for instance, that 'the average price for one night’s accommodation is €76.25.'

We recommend as centrally situated, with a walking distance to Tieteidentalo, for instance the following hotels:

Budget:
Cumulus Kaisaniemi
Gasthaus Omapohja (this is simple, friendly and inexpensive, especially for rooms without showers)

Hotel Arthur

(In the cases of Kaisaniemi and Arthur, ask for a room not located by the busy Kaisaniemenkatu.)

Business:
Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel
Sokos Hotel Helsinki

Sokos Hotel Torni (lovely, but not quite as close to Tieteidentalo. No more than 20-30 minutes of walk.)

Executive:
Hotel Kämp

At the main page, you may 'find the fastest way to get around in the metropolitan area public transportation' by the YTV Journey Planner. If you prefer a bus from the Airport to the City, the Journey Planner suggests you to take bus 615 right from the main entrance of the International Flights Terminal. The fare is €3.60. Alternatively, there is a slightly quicker and more expensive Finnair bus to the centre, as well as taxis.

For information on the University of Helsinki, please visit at

http://www.helsinki.fi/university/index.html

If you have any further questions on practical matters, please do not hesitate to contact Mika Perälä (mika.perala@helsinki.fi).


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