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Hesiod and the Presocratics: rethinking the origins of Greek philosophy

Thursday 23 June 2016 - Saturday 25 June 2016
Gravensteen Building
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

The works of Hesiod play a crucial role in the history of Greek religion and philosophy, as it was Hesiod’s systematisation of the various local mythological traditions that provided the Greeks with their "national" religion. For this reason, Hesiod’s doctrines were a permanent, almost inevitable, reference for Presocratic philosophers.

Despite their objections to the popular views of the gods canonised in Hesiod’s poetry, the Presocratics pursued his inquiry into the true nature of things. This colloquium will explore in what ways the Presocratic philosophers’ cosmo-theological, ethical, and epistemological questions stand in relationship with Hesiod’s poems.

All are welcome!

This conference is funded by the Anchoring Innovation project (OIKOS, National Research School in Classical Studies, The Netherlands)

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