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The New Edition of the Earliest Greek Philosophers: A Symposium

  • The Italian Academy, Columbia University (5th floor conference room) 1161 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

On Saturday October 14th, CAM will host a symposium for the presentation, discussion, and celebration of the newly released nine-volume Loeb edition of Early Greek Philosophy (edited and translated by André Laks and Glenn Most).

Speakers will include Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore), André Laks (Université Paris-Sorbonne in Universidad Panamericana, Mexico D.F./Université Paris-Sorbonne), Christian Wildberg (Princeton), and David Sider (NYU). Other participants include Marcus Folch (Columbia), Dhananjay Jagannathan (Columbia), Marc Van De Mieroop (Columbia), and Katja Vogt (Columbia).


9:30-9:45am: Introductory remarks (W.V. Harris)

9:45-11:00am: Discussion on the making of the new edition of Early Greek Philosophy (André Laks and Glenn Most)

11:00-11:15am: Coffee break

11:15am-12:15pm: André Laks - "How Preplatonic worlds became ensouled: an episode in the history of reception," followed by discussion.

12:15-1:00pm: David Sider - "Repetition in Empedocles," followed by discussion.

Abstract: "A brief look at how Empedocles often returns to the same thought with repetition or with near repetition for purposes both artful and philosophically meaningful in ways that Lucretius sometimes imitates."

1:00-2:30pm: Lunch break

2:30-3:30pm: Glenn Most - "Thales and the Beginning of Philosophy," followed by discussion.

Abstract: "In his Metaphysics, Aristotle calls Thales the founder of a certain kind of philosophy. Should we believe him? In order to answer this question, we must try to answer four other questions: 1. What do we know about Thales? 2. What did Aristotle know about Thales? 3. What did Aristotle mean when he said that Thales was the founder of a certain kind of philosophy? 4. Why did Aristotle say this? In this lecture, I attempt to answer these questions."

3:30-4:15pm: Christian Wildberg - "Two New Editions of the Presocratics – and What to Do With Them," followed by discussion.

Abstract: "This talk will first take a critical look at the Loeb edition of the Presocratics as well as the French Laks-Most edition, also published recently, and then suggest two ways in which both of them might give the study and our understanding of the beginnings of Western philosophy new impulses and directions."

4:15-4:45: Break for refreshments

4:45-5:30pm: Round-table discussion (featuring Marcus Folch, Dhananjay Jagannathan, Marc Van De Mieroop, Katja Vogt, André Laks, and Glenn Most).

Earlier Event: September 29
Lecture: Walter Scheidel (Stanford)
Later Event: November 10
Lecture: Donald Haggis (UNC)