This Unit is committed to the ongoing study of Platonic traditions in connection with the history and philosophy of religions, from antiquity to the present. We are supported in this effort by the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. Several of our panelists have published their papers in the Society’s Journal of Neoplatonic Studies as well as in other refereed journals in classics, religious studies, theology, and philosophy.
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Platonism and Neoplatonism Unit
Call for Proposals
First, any topic for one panel related to eros and ascent in ancient medieval and modern thought, especially in the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions.
Second, any topic for a second panel related to Platonism and Nature. While the radical alteration of the state of the planet through anthropogenic factors have prompted an emergent 'environmental humanities' to provide an intellectual space to re-conceptualise nature, the Platonic tradition has often been ignored or worse yet, demonised, as contributing to a destructive, and anthropocentric understanding of nature. This panel could set out the case for the role of Platonism as an essential historical resource and conceptual model for the reconceptualised concept of nature that the environmental humanities aims to achieve.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Alexander J.B. Hampton, University of Toronto1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Derek Michaud, University of Maine1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Willemien Otten, University of Chicago1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
Sarah Pessin, University of Denver1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
Daniel Regnier, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022