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Conference Venue Change

Sunday Conference Venue Change to the Sparks Building 121 on Campus.

Please text or email conference organizers Chris or Kris to get into the building. The very front doors should be open. (Large stairs with double doors across the front).


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Conference Schedule

1:30 – 1:40 p.m. Introduction
Oak Building
1:40 – 3:00 p.m. Plato and Plotinus
Oak Building “Happiness Among Cavemen”
by Jacob Smith, Duquesne
Sôphrosunê, the Beautiful, and Wonder: Charmides’
First Definition and Diotima’s Ladder of Love
by Alan Pichanick, Villanova
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Foster Auditorium “Why Does Socrates Refute People?”
by Agnes Callard, Chicago
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Reception
Sparks Building

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
Oak Building
9:00 – 10:20 a.m. Aristotle
Oak Building “Empeiria in Rational Animals”
by Robert Gervasini, Catholic University of America
“Aristotle on Thumos and Phantasia:
by Vivian Feldblyum, Pittsburgh
10:30 – 12:00 p.m. Ancient Women Philosophers
Oak Building (Pedagogy Seminar)
Anna Christensen, Central College
Christopher Moore, Penn State
Kris McLain, Penn State
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Catered Lunch
Oak Building
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. On Plato
Oak Building “Mirrors for Eyes and Conditional Love”
by Katrina England, SUNY Binghamton
“On a Neglected Section of the Hippias Minor”
by Jeffery Turner, Bucknell
“Belief, Desire, and the Good”
by Claire Griffin, Carleton College of Liberal Arts
3:10 – 5:10 p.m. On the Work of Philodemus
Oak Building (Pedagogy Seminar)
David Kaufman, Transylvania
Sonya Wurster, Melbourne
Erin McKenna Hanses, Penn State
Kelly Arenson, Duquesne
5:20 – 6:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Oakbuilding “Euripides and the End of the World”
by Joel Schlosser, Bryn Mawr
7:00 p.m. Dinner
India Pavilion
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
Oak Building Acknowledgements

8:30 – 10:15 a.m. The Ancient World
Oak Building “On the Genesis of Historiography and Political Philosophy in Classical Athens”
by Mark Munn, Penn State
“Scipio’s Rome and Critias’s Athens”
by Evan Dutmer, Northwestern
“Moral Virtue and Philosophical Education in Plato’s Theaetetus”
by Kristian Sheeley, Duquesne
10:30 – 12:00 p.m. Heraclitus (Pedagogy Seminar)
Oak Building Walter Brogan, Villanova
Mark Sentesy, Penn State

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Call for Papers March 2018 Conference

Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy
Annual Conference
Pennsylvania State University
Friday March 23 – Sunday March 25, 2018
Call for Papers: Due Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Keynotes: Dr. Agnes Callard, University of Chicago
Dr. Joel Schlosser, Bryn Mawr College

Workshop Leaders: Dr. Walter Brogan, Villanova University (Heraclitus)
Dr. David Kaufman, Transylvania University (Philodemus)
Kris McLain, Pennsylvania State Univ. (Ancient Women Philosophers)

Scholars, graduate students, and advance undergraduates are encouraged to submit their work in any area of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and cognate fields (e.g., rhetoric, political theory, medicine, history). Special consideration will be given to authors working or living in Pennsylvania. This year the conference will be hosted at Penn State.

About PCAP:
The Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy (PCAP) aims to foster a community of scholars committed to the study of ancient philosophy. To this end, PCAP provides the opportunity for Pennsylvania graduate students and faculty to meet and present papers at its annual conference. Additionally, PCAP organizes other events throughout the year, including workshops, intensive seminars, and group translation projects.

Guide for the submission abstracts:
There are two types of submissions accepted for this conference, for “Paper sessions” and “Workshop presentations.” Indicate which in the subject line of your email, with enclosure in PDF form, to: (to which you may also address informational questions). You may submit both types in separate emails.
1. Paper sessions: Paper sessions will allow 30 minutes for presentation and discussion.
a. Abstracts should be 600 words
b. Include a representative bibliography
c. Prepare your abstract for blind review (no identifying names/information).

2. Workshop presentations: This conference will include three pedagogical workshops – 90-120 minute structured round-table discussions about topics relevant to teachers of ancient philosophy. We solicit participants for these round-tables who can address, in 5-10 minutes, ways to include texts from the relevant persons/topic in a philosophy curriculum or research program. Participants need not be experts in the relevant field.
a. Topics (1) Heraclitus, (2) Philodemus, (3) Ancient Women Philosophers
b. Include a detailed description of the content of the presentation and your                            fit for the relevant round table of about 400 words.

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PCAP Conference Schedule: March 15–16, 2014, Villanova University


The Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy

Second Annual Conference

Villanova University

March 15-16, 2014

Driscoll Hall, Room 244

Saturday, March 15

9-9:30: Coffee and breakfast

9:30-11: Session 1

Evan Strevell (Xavier University/Duquesne University), “Remembering as Assimilation in Aristotle’s De Memoria

Respondent: John Garner (Villanova University)

Kelsey Ward (Duquesne University), “Hylomorphism and Phantasia in Aristotle’s De Anima

Respondent: Ian Maley (Villanova University)

11:10-12:40: Session 2

Todd Lavin (Clarion University), “Aristotle on Megalopsychia and Happiness”

Respondent: Brian Reese (University of Pennsylvania)

Luis Salazar (Villanova University), “Aristotle’s Notion of Shame as Pathos and Dunamis

Respondent: Sirin Yilmaz (Villanova University)

12:40-2:00: Lunch 

2:00-3:30: Session 3

Amy Bush (Drexel University), “Should we harm our enemies and benefit our friends? – A commentary on Plato’s Gorgias

Respondent: Jan Maximilian Robitzsch (University of Pennsylvania)

Jeffrey Gower (Villanova University), “The Sovereign and the Exile: Aristotle’s Politics as Biopolitics

Respondent: Joseph Bertino (Duquesne University)

3:40-5:20: Session 4

David Hoinski and John Fritz, Duquesne University: “Plato’s Tragic Vision: A Reading of Theaetetus 176a-177b”

Respondent: Morey Williams (Villanova University)

Claire Griffin (Pennsylvania State U): “Hôs mantikôs: Knowing Persons and Knowing the Future in Plato’s Theaetetus

Respondent: Harold Parker (University of Pennsylvania)

5:30-7:00: Keynote Session

Christopher P. Long (Pennsylvania State University), “Socrates and the Politics of Finitude: A Reading of the Phaedo

7:30: Dinner for all conference participants at Han Dynasty, 123 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia


Sunday, March 16

9:30-10:00: Coffee and Breakfast 

10:00-11:30: Session 5

Jon Buttaci, (University of Pittsburgh), What does active nous activate?”

Respondent: James Murdoch (Villanova University)

Thomas Ball (Duquesne University), “Approaching Indifferents With Love: A Defense of Care in Stoic Philosophy”

Respondent: Saul G. Rosenthal (University of Pennsylvania)

11:30-12:45: Lunch and Organizational Meeting 

1:00-2:30: Special Book Session

Aryeh Kosman, The Activity of Being: An Essay on Aristotle’s Ontology (Harvard University Press, 2013)

Moderator: Rebecca Goldner (Villanova University)


Walter Brogan (Villanova University)

Josh Hayes (Alvernia University)

Christopher P. Long (Pennsylvania State University)


Aryeh Kosman (Haverford College)

2:40-4:15: Keynote Session

Adriel Trott (Wabash College), “What’s the Matter?  The Politics of Nature in Aristotle’s Biology”


Download PCAP Schedule.

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Chris Long’s commentary on Aryeh Kosman’s new book on Aristotle

This year’s PCAP conference will feature a book session on Aryeh Kosman’s new book, The Activity of Being: An Essay on Aristotle’s Ontology (HUP, 2013). The session will take place from 1:00–2:30 on Sunday, March 16 at Villanova University (full schedule and details coming soon). In the meantime, you can preview Chris Long’s commentary on Kosman’s in a new post on Long’s website.