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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”


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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.