This is so convincing a reading of Plato’s Cratylus that it may well open up discussion of the dialogue and make it much more widely studied than it is presently. —Drew A. Hyland, Trinity College
Plato’s dialogue Cratylus focuses on being and human dependence on words, or the essential truths about the human condition. Arguing that comedy is an essential part of Plato’s concept of language, S. Montgomery Ewegen asserts that understanding the comedic is key to an understanding of Plato’s deeper philosophical intentions. Ewegen shows how Plato’s view of language is bound to comedy through words and how, for Plato, philosophy has much in common with playfulness and the ridiculous. By tying words, language, and our often uneasy relationship with them to comedy, Ewegen frames a new reading of this notable Platonic dialogue.
Here is a friendly reminder that the APS will be meeting at SPEP in Eugene, OR on Thursday October 24th, from 9am to noon, at the Hilton in Eugene.
Because our ability to continue hosting a satellite program at SPEP every year depends upon the number of people who come to the APS at SPEP session, it is critical that as many of our members and friends of the APS attend the Thursday session.
The Ancient Philosophy Society meeting will be held in the Studio BC (Mezzanine Level).
Our speakers this year will be:
Marina McCoy, Boston College
“Re-imagining the Platonic Imagination”
Sean Kirkland, DePaul University
“Aristotle on Temporality”
The Department of Philosophy [http://philosophy.la.psu.edu] invites applications for a tenure track position, rank Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2014. AOS: Ancient philosophy, particularly Plato. AOC: Open. The Department of Philosophy seeks candidates whose work is firmly grounded in ancient Greek philosophical texts and also conversant with the department’s areas of strength, including continental philosophy, American philosophy, feminist philosophy, and critical philosophy of race. Preference will be given to candidates whose work is informed by an engagement with the history of philosophy and who have a demonstrated ability to promote dialogue across philosophical traditions, both established and emerging.
The ability to contribute to the Humanities in a Digital Age (HDA) Initiative in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State (http://sites.psu.edu/humanitiesda/) is also desirable, though not required. The HDA initiative aims to use technology to enrich and promote rigorous cross-disciplinary humanities scholarship and research, open new opportunities for high caliber graduate placements in the humanities, and enhance the undergraduate experience by providing students access to, and support for, cutting-edge digital humanities research.
Applications must be submitted electronically at www.la.psu.edu/facultysearch. Please include a letter of application describing research, teaching, and any graduate mentoring experience, along with a CV, representative publications, and a brief teaching portfolio. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to Robin Haynes (firstname.lastname@example.org). Inquiries may be sent to Christopher Long, search committee chair (email@example.com). Ph.D. must be completed prior to commencement of employment. Applications received on or before November 1, 2013, will be guaranteed full review. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity of its workplace. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.
This study offers an encompassing (because fundamental) re-interpretation of the philosophical project of Socrates as depicted in Plato’s early dialogues. Throughout the works generally deemed early and authentic, the author finds a fairly uniform presentation of Socratic philosophizing, but one which upon careful review requires a radical new interpretation. Indeed, departing at the most basic level from orthodox approaches to these works,The Ontology of Socratic Questioning in Plato’s Early Dialogues does greater justice to the Platonic text, often going deeply into the etymological complexities and various resonances of Plato’s Greek. And precisely in so doing, it allows these ancient works to speak illuminatingly to one of the most central philosophical issues with which we find ourselves confronted in our present historical moment—how to think philosophically beyond the subject/object relation. Over the course of these chapters, Socratic questioning proves to be aimed at the being of virtue conceived as something other than objective reality and it proves to be undertaken by a philosophizing self conceived as something other than a subject.
Please join us in congratulating Sean on this accomplishment.
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, Waco, TX announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Philosophy beginning in the fall of 2014. AOS and AOC: Open. Salary is competitive. Teaching load and scholarly expectations are consistent with those of a research university. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, the completed application should be received by November 1, 2013.
Baylor, the world’s largest Baptist University, holds a Carnegie classification as a “high-research” institution. Baylor’s mission is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. Because Baylor aspires to become a top tier research university while reaffirming and deepening its distinctive Christian mission, Baylor is actively recruiting new faculty with a strong commitment to scholarly activity and an equally strong commitment to teaching.
The letter of application should respond to Baylor’s most recent mission statement Pro Futuris (available on the web at http://www.baylor.edu/vision) and include an account of the applicant’s own religious views. In addition to a letter of application, the candidate should submit a CV, a professional writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts.
Baylor is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and as an AA/EEO employer; Baylor encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply. Send applications to Dr. C. Stephen Evans, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97273, Waco, Texas, 76798-7273.
In this original work, Schultz draws our attention to the dialogues in which Plato has Socrates serve as narrator, and she opens a new window onto his role and function in the dialogues. Schultz provides rich interpretations of the individual dialogues she examines, while at the same time revealing a powerful lens through which to view Plato’s project and his use of Socratic narrative to further particular philosophical ends. In the process, she offers new insights that enhance scholars’ understanding of Socratic intellectualism, the role of the emotions in philosophical endeavors, various models of virtue portrayed in the dialogues, and Socrates’ relation to Homeric and other foundational narratives in Greek culture. In the end, Schultz offers a provocative and persuasive account of how Socrates as narrator of certain Platonic dialogues entices and exhorts his auditors—and Plato’s readers—to good philosophical practices.
Ryan Drake writes:
In Plato’s Socrates as Narrator, Dr Schultz provides an invaluable entry into reflections on the interrelations between the practice of philosophy, on the one hand, and its transmission, on the other, arguing in effect that the retelling of Socrates’ philosophical encounters as we find them in the Platonic corpus belongs to the work of philosophy itself. While Plato scholarship in recent years has become increasingly attuned to the ways in which the literary and dramatic aspects of the dialogues operate as integral to their philosophical content, Prof. Schultz takes such scholarship a step further to demonstrate how the status of particular dialogues as narrated contributes as well to a fuller understanding of Plato’s conception of philosophy. From the vantage point achieved through mediation on particular dialogues in their status as narrated encounters Prof. Schultz brings to light the character of philosophy not simply as an intellectual pursuit composed of explicit propositions, but also as a basic human comportment involving the motives, affects, and social position of specific character types. Both accessibly written and rigorously developed, Prof. Schultz’ investigations into the narrative and literary aspects of the Platonic corpus speak to the interests of advanced Plato scholars and beginning students alike.
To hear a discussion of the book with the author, listen to Digital Dialogue 60: Socratic Narrative.
Congratulations to Anne-Marie for the publication of this important book.
“Sara Brill takes on at least two significant issues in Platonic scholarship: the nature of the soul, and especially the language of immortality in its description, and the relationship between politics and psychology. She treats each one of these topics in a fresh and nuanced way. Her writing is beautiful and fluid.” —Marina McCoy, Boston College
Sara has been a long time member of the Society, serving as co-director from 2011-2013.
Here is the description from the Indiana University Press:
By focusing on the immortal character of the soul in key Platonic dialogues, Sara Brill shows how Plato thought of the soul as remarkably flexible, complex, and indicative of the inner workings of political life and institutions. As she explores the character of the soul, Brill reveals the corrective function that law and myth serve. If the soul is limitless, she claims, then the city must serve a regulatory or prosthetic function and prop up good political institutions against the threat of the soul’s excess. Brill’s sensitivity to dramatic elements and discursive strategies in Plato’s dialogues illuminates the intimate connection between city and soul.
This year @AdrielTrott and I (@cplong) took public collaborative notes on a number of the papers delivered at our annual conference at Notre Dame. Here is a Storify in which I curated the tweets and various images from the conference.
A colloquium on « Biological Perspectives on Political Animals in Aristotle » will be held at the Galatasaray University (Istanbul) on April 29-30, 2013. This event is organized through the collaboration of the Galatasaray University, the UPR 76 of CNRS (Paris) and the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.
Since the second half of the last century, there has been an increasing interest in Aristotle’s biological works. This interest has led to a “biological turn” in Aristotelian studies, which has resulted in a reevaluation of his theory of science and in a substitution of the question of classification with that of definition. Today, there is high quality literature on the relation between the Metaphysics, the Analytics, and Aristotle’s biological writings. The “biological turn” in Aristotelian studies has also created a similar effect on works on his Politics: every change in the theory of animals has produced a change in the theory of political animals. Researches in this domain prove to be very productive and show rapid development. This is why we believe that this is a favorable time for devoting a conference to the Politics, and for discussing the effects of the “biological turn” on the famous Aristotelian formula that “human being is a political animal by nature.”
Ӧmer Orhan Aygün (Galatasaray University)
Pinar Canevi (Boğaziçi University)
Johannes Fritsche (Boğaziçi University)
Annick Jaulin (University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne)
Manuel Knoll (Fatih University)
Jean-Louis Labarrière (CNRS Centre Léon Robin)
David Lefebvre (University of Paris Sorbonne – Centre Léon Robin)
Pierre-Marie Morel (ENS Lyon)
Pierre Pellegrin (CNRS)
Organization and Scientific Responsibility:
Ӧmer Orhan Aygün (Galatasaray University), Refik Güremen (Lecturer at Galatasaray University), Annick Jaulin (University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), Michel Narcy (Jean Pépin Center UPR76, CNRS)