18 February 2011

grad conference at Emory

Philosophy as a Way of Life – 2011 Graduate Philosophy Conference at

Keynote speaker: John Cooper, Princeton University

April 8-9, 2011 - Atlanta, GA
info after the break

“If I say that it is impossible for me to keep quiet because that
means disobeying the god, you will not believe me and will think I am
being ironical. On the other hand, if I say that it is the greatest
good for a man to discuss virtue every day [...] for the unexamined
life is not worth living for men, you will believe me even less.” –
Plato, Apology 38a.

“Show to them in your own example what kind of men philosophy makes,
and don't trifle. When you are eating, do good to those who eat with
you; when you are drinking, to those who are drinking with you; by
yielding to all, giving way, bearing with them, thus do them good, and
do not spit on them your phlegm.” – Epictetus, Discourses III.13.

For the ancients, philosophy was not a field of study, but a way of
life.  Philosophical knowledge and ethical practices were
inseparable.  Nevertheless, the canonical figures and schools of
ancient ethical thought represent a great diversity of substantive
philosophical positions.  Their legacy attests to the dialectic
between abstract knowledge and concrete ways of life.  Contemporary
thinkers, from G.E.M. Anscombe to Michel Foucault, have turned to
ancient thought in order to bridge the gulf that the modern age
created between philosophical theory and ethical practice.  Both an
immediate concern for how we live today and a scholarly concern for
philosophy’s history make the ancient idea that philosophy is a way of
life a live issue.

We welcome all submissions dealing with the ways in which philosophy
is (or ought to be, or informs, or ought to inform, or fails to be or
fails to inform) a way of life. Papers that address these questions in
the context of ancient ethical thought are of particular interest.

Submissions should be sent as .pdf, .docx, .doc, or .rtf files, and
should not exceed 15 double-spaced pages.  Personal information should
be sent in the body of the email and should not appear on the paper
Email submissions to Samuel Timme at: stimme@emory.edu.


Additional information will be made available at http://www.students.emory.edu/gpse/

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