Conference ‘Platonism after Plato in the Renaissance’

Platonism after Plato in the Renaissance

7 – 8 November 2013

Jointly organised by the Centre for Neoplatonic Virtue Ethics, University of Copenhagen,
and the Warburg Institute

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Organisers: Leo Catana (Copenhagen), Anna Corrias, Guido Giglioni and Jill Kraye (Warburg Institute)

Speakers: Leo Catana (Copenhagen), Christopher Celenza (American Academy in Rome/Johns Hopkins), Riccardo Chiaradonna, (Roma Tre), Anna Corrias (Warburg Institute), Rocco Di Dio (Warwick), Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute), James Hankins ( Harvard), Sarah Hutton, (Aberystwyth), Cecilia Muratori (Villa I Tatti), Denis Robichaud (Notre Dame), Valery Rees (School of Economic Science), Valerio Sanzotta (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute) and Maude Vanhaelen (Warwick)

The conference will focus on the early modern reception of Plotinus and the post-Plotinian Platonists. Among the topics which will be discussed are: Marsilio Ficino’s translation of and commentary on the Enneads and his translation of works by Porphyry, Iamblichus and Proclus; the different ways in which Ficino’s translation and interpretation shaped the view which European scholars and philosophers had of late ancient Platonism up to the nineteenth century; the circulation of Plotinian and post-Plotinian philosophy after, and independently of, Ficino’s translations; and post-Plotinian elements in early modern Platonism.

For further details, see:

new book by Charles Taliaferro

reviewed in Notre Dame Philosophical Review which begins:

“Taliaferro’s book could be fairly described as the world viewed from the perspective of the seventeenth-century Cambridge Platonists (Henry More, Ralph Cudworth and others), elegantly updated to take account of contemporary philosophical and cultural challenges to that view.”

some forthcoming publications by Marilyn Lewis

‘”Educational Influence”: A New Model for Understanding Tutorial Relationships in Seventeenth-Century Oxbridge’, History of Universities, 27:2 (2013).
‘Henry Hallywell (1641-1703): A Sussex Platonist’, Sussex Archaeological Collections, 151 (2013).
‘“The Messiah Promised in the Sacred Scripture came a Long Time Ago”:  The Cambridge Platonists’ Attitudes towards the Readmission of the Jews, 1655-6’, Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England, 45 (2013).
‘Pastoral Platonism in the Writings of Henry Hallywell (1641-1703)’, The Seventeenth Century, 28:4, 441-463 (2013).

book by Robert Pasnau including important analyses of More and Conway

Robert Pasnau has carried out important recent work on the metaphysics of More and Conway. This work is an invaluable contribution to analysis of Cambridge Platonist positions.;jsessionid=8F4C097E33A0F03EEFE824D630CDB58B?cc=gb&lang=en&

See also Pasnau’s important article “Mind and Extension (Descartes, Hobbes, More),” in H. Lagerlund and O. Pluta (eds.) Forming the Mind (Dordrecht: Springer, 2007), available at his homepage: