Front Range Ancient Philosophy Workshop

Robert Metcalf (CU Denver) addressing the workshop on Plato’s views on life-structuring practices (epitēdeumata)

The Front Range Ancient Philosophy (FRAP) Workshop is an annual gathering featuring research in progress from faculty and graduate students in the Front Range area who work on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. It is open to all interested scholars. Scholars on the mailing list also share local talks and events relevant to ancient philosophy. Participating faculty and students come from a number of institutions in the area including the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Denver, Colorado State University, Colorado College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Community College of Denverthe University of Colorado at DenverArapahoe Community College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Wyoming. Organizers include myself, Mitzi Lee, and Naomi Reshotko. Please contact me if you would like to be added to the group’s mailing list.

This year, instead of our regular meeting, MSU Denver and the University of Denver are sponsoring a workshop on Aristotle’s On the SoulI am editing a Critical Guide to the De Anima for Cambridge University Press and this event will feature some of the contributors to that volume presenting material from their in-progress chapters. The tentative program is below and is also available as a pdf. There will be a public panel on the legacy of Aristotle’s thought on life Thursday, April 11 and then workshop sessions on April 12 and 13. If you are interested, please contact me to get access to the paper drafts we will be discussing.

Aristotle’s On the Soul: Critical Reflections

Workshop Program (Draft)

Auraria Campus, Denver, April 11-13

Sponsors: Department of Philosophy, University of Denver

Department of Philosophy, Metropolitan State University of Denver

            Thursday, April 11, 2019 (all times are Mountain Summer Time)

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Public Panel on the Legacy of Aristotle’s Thought on Life:

Panelists: Klaus Corcilius (Tübingen, Christopher Frey (South Carolina), and Rachel Parsons (Louisiana State)

Friday, April 12, 2019

8:30 am to 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am to 9:15 am Welcome and Agenda, Caleb Cohoe (MSU Denver)
Session 1 Chaired by Christopher Hauser (Rutgers)
9:15 am to 10:15 am “Aristotle on Earlier Definitions of Soul and their Explanatory Power:

De Anima I 2-5,” Jason W. Carter (Edinburgh)

10:15 am to 11:15 am “Aristotle on the Soul’s Unity,” Christopher Frey (South Carolina)
11:15 am to 11:30 am Break
11:30 am to 12:30 pm “Nutritive Soul,” Jessica Gelber (Toronto)
12:30 pm to 1:45 pm Lunch
Session 2 Chair (TBD)
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm “Aristotle on the Roles of Memory and Phantasia,” Rachel Parsons (LSU)
2:45 pm to 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm “Intelligibility, Insight, and Intelligence,” Sean Kelsey (Notre Dame)
4:00 to 4:15 pm Break
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm “The Separability of Nous,” Caleb Cohoe (MSU Denver)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

9:00 am to 9:30 am Continental Breakfast
Session 1 Chair (TBD)
9:30 am to 10:30 am (Via Videoconference) “Desire, Cognition and Action in the De Anima,” Jessica Moss (NYU)
10:30 am to 10:45 am Break
10:45 am to 11:45 am “Why Nous Cannot be a Magnitude: De Anima I 3,” Krisanna Scheiter (Union)
11:45 am to 1:00 pm Lunch
Session 2 Chair: Samuel Baker (University of South Alabama)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm “The Gate to Reality: Three Steps in Aristotle’s Theory of Perception,”

Klaus Corcilius (Tübingen)

2:00 pm to 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm “Aristotle on the Objects of Perception,” Mark A. Johnstone (McMaster)
3:15-4:00 pm Closing Discussion
Sonja Tanner (CU Colorado Springs) speaking on the comic form of Plato’s Laches
Gagan Sapkota (CU Boulder) discussing the distinction between voluntary and premeditated wrongdoing in Plato’s Laws IX

Past workshops:

7th FRAP Workshop, May 2018, MSU Denver:

Robert Metcalf (CU Denver), “Plato’s Thinking on ‘Life-Structuring Practices [epitēdeumata]”

Gagan Sapkota (CU Boulder, PhD student), “Plato’s Distinction between Voluntary and Premeditated Action in Laws IX”

Sonja Tanner (CU Colorado Springs), “The Comic Form of Plato’s Laches

6th FRAP Workshop, May 2017, MSU Denver:

Robert S. Colter (University of Wyoming), “Self and Nature in Stoicism”

Vijay Mascarenhas (MSU Denver), “A Limited Defense of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics 1.2.1094a18-22″

David Ebrey (Institute for Research in the Humanities at University of Wisconsin Madison, Solmsen Fellow), “Plato’s Unfolding Account of Forms in the Phaedo

5th FRAP Workshop, April 2016, University of Denver:

Sarah Pessin (DU), “Neoplatonism: Things to Know”

Robert Pasnau (CU Boulder), “Aristotle’s Sometimes-Relational Theory of Perception”

4th FRAP Workshop, May 2015, University of Colorado at Boulder:

Tyler Huismann (CU Boulder, PhD student), “Aristotle on Accidental Causation”

Sergio Gallegos (MSU Denver), “Vulnerability, Misology and Virtue in Plato’s Phaedo”

Naomi Reshotko (DU), “Between Knowledge and Ignorance: Belief and True Belief in Symposium 202-212″

3rd FRAP Workshop, May 2014, University of Colorado at Boulder:

Robert Metcalf (CU Denver), “The Situation of Epistemology in Plato’s Theaetetus

Dominic Bailey (CU Boulder), “Stoicism and the Continuum”

2nd FRAP Workshop, May 2013, University of Colorado at Denver:

Naomi Reshotko (DU), “Recollection and Reference in Plato’s Meno and Phaedo

Sonja Tanner (CU Colorado Springs), “Tumbling Back Down to Earth: Laughter, Limitation, and Self-Knowledge in Plato’s Charmides

Shane Ewegen (Stonehill College, Massachusetts), “Cloaks in the Morning Light: Concealment and Virtue in Plato’s Protagoras

1st FRAP Workshop, March 2012, University of Denver:

Caleb Cohoe (MSU Denver), “Aristotle on the Truth of Perception and Understanding” 

Mitzi Lee (CU Boulder), “Two Kinds of Justice: Aristotle’s Critique of Plato”