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Metaphysics in the Tradition of Aristotle: A Workshop at Providence College

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Few philosophical schools of thought can rival the peripatetic tradition for its vitality, fecundity, and longevity. In fact, rather than speaking of an Aristotelian school of thought we should instead speak of the many schools---Greek, Arabic, Latin, and modern---that stand in continuity with one another and trace their origins back to Aristotle himself. This tradition is alive and well today, both in the form of creative engagement with contemporary philosophical questions and in the form of rigorous historical investigation into the great peripatetics of the past. Nevertheless, it is rare for scholars who work in one part of the Aristotelian tradition to collaborate with those who work in another. The purpose of this workshop is to overcome that isolationist tendency and provide scholars who are working on similar themes across the peripatetic tradition with the opportunity to present their current research and receive feedback from a broader range of scholarship than is normally possible. Our theme this year is Metaphysics in the Tradition of Aristotle.​​​​ ​

​Tentative Conference Schedule

 

Friday, September 23 

8:45 - 9:15 am     Breakfast & Introduction

8:45 - 9:15 am     Thérèse-Anne Druart, The Catholic University of America: “How an Islamic Theological Concept Became Part of the Aristotelian Metaphysical Tradition: The Transcendental ‘Thing’ (Res)”​​

9:45 - 10:15 am    Discussion

10:15 - 10:30 am  Break

10:30 - 11:00 am  Emann Allebban. McGill University: “Reviving Aristotelian Metaphysics: Avicenna’s Proof for the Necessary Existent in the Context of the Posterior Analytics”
11:00 - 11:30 am   Discussion

11:30 - 11:45 am    Break

11:45 - 12:15 pm     Sarah Byers, Boston College: “Aristotelian Metaphysics in Marius Victorinus and Augustine”
12:15 - 12:45 pm    Discussion

2:45 - 2:00 pm      Lunch

2:00 - 2:30 pm      Martin Klein, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: “Making Sense of Hylemorphic Substance Dualism: The Case of Geraldus Odonis”
2:30 - 3:00 pm      Discussion

3:00 - 3:15 pm       Break

3:15 - 3:45 pm       Stephen Ogden, Johns Hopkins University: “Proving Averroes's Moderate Particularism on Substantial Form”
3:45 - 4:15 pm       Discussion

4:15 - 4:30 pm       Break

4:30 - 5:00 pm      Mary Louise Gill, Brown University: “Aristotle's Hylomorphism in Metaphysics Theta” ​ 

5:00 - 5:30 pm      Discussion

5:30 - 7:30 pm      Dinner
 

Saturday, September 24 

8:45 - 9:15 am        Breakfast

9:15 - 9:45 am        Giorgio Pini, Fordham University: “Substance, Essence, and Dependence: John Duns Scotus as Interpreter of Aristotle”
9:45 - 10:15 am      Discussion

10:15 - 10:30 am    Break

10:30 - 11:00 am    Joshua Blander, The King's College: “Dependence, Grounding, and Fundamentality: Ockham's Proposal”
11:00 - 11:30 am     Discussion

11:30 - 11:45 am     Break

11:45 - 12:15 pm     Marc Gasser-Wingate, Boston University: “Aristotle on Metaphysical and Epistemic Priority”
12:15 - 12:45 pm    Discussion

12:45 - 2:00 pm     Lunch

2:00 - 2:30 pm      Shane Wilkins, Fordham University: “Is Existence a First-Order Property After All? Aquinas, Russell, and Quine”
2:30 - 3:00 pm      Discussion

3:00 - 3:15 pm       Break

3:15 - 3:45 pm        Spyridon Rangos, University of Patras: “The Activity of Truth in Aristotle's Metaphysics”
3:45 - 4:15 pm        Discussion

4:15 - 4:30 pm        Break

4:30 - 5:00 pm       Jacob Rosen, Harvard University: “Aristotle's Powerless God”

5:00 - 5:30 pm       Discussion

5:30 - 7:30 pm       Dinner