Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

Ancient Philosophy Workshop XXXIII, March 25-28, 2010

Sat, March 27, 2010 | Waggener Hall



The University of Texas at Austin

33rd Ancient Philosophy Workshop, March 25-28, 2010

In Memoriam Steven K. Strange (1950-2009)



The Joint Graduate Program in Ancient Philosophy

Department of Classics,  Department of Philosophy

College of Liberal Arts 


Previous Workshops at UT Austin

1978, 1980–1988, 1990–1992, 1994, 1997–1998, 2002, 2005, 2007


Previous Workshops Sponsored by Other Institutions

Rice University (1979, 1989)

University of Houston (1989)

University of Oklahoma (1993)

University of Colorado, Boulder (1995)

Texas A & M University (1996, 2003, 2008)

Trinity University, San Antonio (1999)

Texas Christian University (2000, 2004)

Florida State University (2001)

Emory University (2006)

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2009)


33rd Ancient Philosophy Workshop, Thursday, March 25, 2010

7:30 p.m., David L. Miller Conference Room, Waggener 316

Chair: Jeffrey Barnouw,  UT Austin

•"Essentialism and Ontological Interdependence in Aristotle’s Categories"

Riin Sirkel, University of Western Ontario

Comment:  Ivan Heyman, UT Austin


Friday, March  26

9:30–10:45 a.m., Classics Conference Room, Waggener  116

Chair: Scott Austin, Texas A & M University

•"Syrianus' Interpretation of the One in Plato's Parmenides"

Sarah Klitenic Wear, The Franciscan University of Steubenville

Comment:  Andrew Zawislanski, UT Austin


10:50 a.m–12:00 Noon,  Classics Conference Room, Waggener  116

Chair: Al Martinich, UT Austin

•"Unity, Pluralism, and the Early Reading of the Aristotelian Categories"

Michael J. Griffin, University of British Columbia

Comment:  Adam Labecki, University of Kentucky

(Lunch break)


2:00–3:15 p.m., Classics Conference Room, Waggener  116

Chair: Nathan Powers, The University at Albany (SUNY)

•"Aristotle on the Unity of Action"

Agnes Callard, University of Chicago

Comment:  Duane Long,  UT Austin


3:30–4:50 p.m., Welch Hall  2.304 (Immediately North of Waggener )

Chair: Donald Morrison, Rice University

•Keynote Address:  "Plotinus and Plato on the Metaphysics of Action"

Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson, University of Oslo, Norway


5:00–6:15 p.m., Welch Hall  2.304

Chair: Alexandra Theodoropoulou, Consul for the Hellenic Republic at Houston

•"Credence, Persuasion, and Emotion in Aristotle"

Ian C. Flora, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Comment:  Matthew Evans, New York University


33rd Ancient Philosophy Workshop, Saturday, March  27, 2010

10:00 a.m.–12:00 Noon, Classics Conference Room, Waggener  116

Chair: William J. Prior, Santa Clara University

•"Collection and Division in Plato’s Late Dialogues"

Devin Henry, The University of Western Ontario

•"Dichotomy and Platonic diairesis"

Lee Franklin, Franklin & Marshall College

(Lunch break)


1:30-2:45 p.m., David L. Miller Conference Room, Waggener 316

Chair: R. J. Hankinson, UT Austin

•"The Place of Biology in Aristotle’s Politics :  Cities and Happiness as the Joint Products of Art and Nature"

Mariska Leunissen, Washington University in St. Louis

Comment:  Lawrence Jost, University of Cincinnati


3:00–4:15 p.m., David L. Miller Conference Room, Waggener 316

Chair:  Paul Woodruff, UT Austin

•"Erotic and Servile Pleasures in Plato's Phaedrus"

Kelly E. Arenson, The University of Memphis

Comment:  Martha K. Woodruff, Middlebury College


4:30–6:15 p.m., David L. Miller Conference Room, Waggener 316

Chair:  Richard Patterson, Emory University

•"Sensible Qualities in Plotinus"

Laura Grams, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Comment:  Damian Caluori, Trinity University, San Antonio

•Remembering Steve Strange:  Personal Statements and Tributes


Sunday, March  28

9:30–12:00 Noon., Classics Conference Room, Waggener  116

Chair:  Stephen White, UT Austin

•"Fear of Death Revisited: Epicurus on the Relative Value of Lives"

Benjamin A. Rider, University of Central Arkansas

Comment:  Michael Ferejohn, Duke University

•"Diocles of Carystus on Scientific Explanation"

Ravi Sharma, Clark University

Comment:  Joseph Bullock, UT Austin


33rd Ancient Philosophy Workshop, March 25-28, 2010

In Memoriam Steven K. Strange (1950-2009)


Widely respected for his learning and for his scholarship in the fields of later Platonism, Plotinus, and Neo-Platonism, Steven K. Strange had taught since 1990 at Emory University, where he convened the 29th Ancient Philosophy Workshop.  Previously he taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University, and as visiting professor at Princeton University and at The Ohio State University.  He received his B.A., with a major in mathematics, from Rice University in Houston in 1972, and his Ph.D. under the auspices of the Joint Program at UT Austin in 1981.  He was student-participant at the first three Workshops in the series.



Organization:  Alexander P. D. Mourelatos

(With the assistance of Lisa Talen, Brian Battiste, Mina Fei-Ting Chen,
Ivan Heyman, Alleyne Rogers, Luis Alejandro Salas, and Andrew Zawislanski)


Selection Panel:

R. J. Hankinson, Stephen A. White, Paul Woodruff



The UT Austin Sponsors of the Workshop

Gratefully Acknowledge Travel Grants to Participants

Provided by:


The University at Albany (SUNY), University of Central Arkansas,

University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati, Clark University,

Robert Leet Patterson Endowment (Duke University),

Emory University (Department of Philosophy),

Franciscan University of Steubenville,

Franklin & Marshall College, University of Kentucky,

Killam Trusts Fellowship (at the University of British Columbia),

University of Memphis, Middlebury College, New York University,

Rackham Conference Travel Grant (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor),

Rice University, Santa Clara University,

Texas A & M University (Department of Philosophy and Humanities),

Trinity University, San Antonio,

Washington University in St. Louis, University of Western Ontario


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