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Debate

Christian philosophy at the turn of late antiquity: creation and part-whole relationship

Date
Monday 20 June 2022 - Tuesday 21 June 2022
Location
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room
1.02

The Institute for Philosophy and the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, Leiden University are proud to present a

Workshop, 20-21 June 2022

 Christian philosophy at the turn of late antiquity: creation and part-whole relationship

The closure of the Athenian school of philosophy in 529 by the Christian Emperor Justinian was followed by a remarkable Christian engagement with the philosophical literature in late antiquity. This workshop will revisit some of the key arguments by this emerging Christian philosophy, with an emphasis put on the topics of creation and the part-whole relationship of soul and body. The main goal of the conference is to offer a close reading of some highly relevant Christian texts for the chosen topics and discuss the possible doctrinal relevance of these ideas in the wider context of the long debated reception of the Council of Chalcedon (451) in late antiquity.

Convener: Sebastian Mateiescu.

Sponsorship: This event is developed within the research project “The interpretation of the differentia during late antique and early Christian thought” (Indifference): H2020-MSCA-IF grant no. 843839/2020-2022.

Programme

Monday, June 20th, 2022

9.30 – 9.45

Welcoming address – Frans de Haas (Leiden)

9.45 – 10.00

Introduction – Sebastian Mateiescu (Leiden)
10.00 – 10.50

Torstein T. Tollefsen (Oslo)
John Philoponus, On the Eternity of the World against Aristotle (De aeternitate mundi contra Aristotelem): fr.
108 – 116, ed. Wildberg 1987.

11.00 – 11.50 Dionisios Skliris (Athens)

John Philoponus, On the Eternity of the World against Aristotle (De aeternitate mundi contra Aristotelem): fr. 117 -124, ed. Wildberg 1987.

12.00 – 12.50 Sebastian Mateiescu (Leiden)

John Philoponus, On the Eternity of the World against Aristotle (De aeternitate mundi contra Aristotelem): fr. 125 – 133, ed. Wildberg 1987.

13.00 – 14.50 Lunch
15.00 – 15.50 Vladimir Cvetkovic (Belgrade)

Maximus the Confessor: Ambiguum 10.36 – 39, ed. Constas 2014.

16.00 – 16.50 Sotiris Mitralexis (Cambridge & Winchester)

Maximus the Confessor: Ambiguum 10.39 – 42, ed. Constas 2014.

18.00 – 20.00

Dinner

 

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

9.00 – 9.50 Sebastian Mateiescu (Leiden)

Nemesius of Emesa: On the Nature of Man, ch. 3 (De natura hominis): pp. 38-44, ed. Morani 1987.

10.00 – 10.50 Torstein T. Tollefsen (Oslo)

Maximus the Confessor: Ambiguum 7, 1096B - 1101D, ed. Constas 2014.

11.00 – 12.00 Vladimir Cvetkovic (Belgrade)

Maximus the Confessor: Ambiguum 41, 1312B – 1313C and Ambiguum 41, Digression 1, 1324A – 1325D, ed. Constas 2014.

12.00 – 13.50 Lunch
14.00 – 14.50

Sotiris Mitralexis (Cambridge & Winchester)
Maximus the Confessor: Ambiguum 41, Digression 2, 1325D – 1336C, ed. Constas 2014.

15.00 – 15.50

Dionisios Skliris (Athens)
Maximus the Confessor: Ambiguum 41, Digression 2, 1336C – 1341D, ed. Constas 2014.

16.00 – 17.00 Roundtable discussion
18.00 – 20.00 Dinner

 

Fresco depicting the Council of Chalcedon that was called in 451. Created by Dionisius (1444-1502) around 1520. Ferapontov Monastery, Ferapontovo, Vologda Oblast, Russia.
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