PURLEY CHASE CENTRE, MANCETTER, ATHERSTONE, WARWICKSHIRE, CV9 2RQ
Friday to Sunday 10th-12th July, 2015
(For details of previous conferences click here)
(For full details of the conference program click here)
Reporting Diotima's teaching in the Symposium, Socrates says that she discoursed upon the philosopher-initiate's attainment of supreme beauty through embracing that which is true and real, and that she concluded by claiming of him that, "begetting true virtue, and bringing her up till she is grown mature, he would become a favourite of the Gods; and at length would be, if any man ever be, himself one of the immortals." As so often when Plato writes about the highest goals of human life, here he had left room for succeeding generations of philosophers to consider for themselves whether or not we are immortal, what kind of immortality we may possess in potential, and how that might be actualized.
This conference, coming almost two and a half thousand years after the dialogue with its great claim was written, invites papers from those who have explored others' thoughtful responses to it, and, above all, their own reflections upon it.
We especially value a mix of participants and presenters – academic and non-academic, specialist and non-specialist – and encourage all those who are following the path of philosophy to contribute.
Conference program, including abstracts and some complete papers - click here.
Keynote Speaker: To be confirmed
Thomas Taylor Lecture: Professor John M Dillon
Fees and accommodation - details to be announced.
Contact the conference secretary for further information:
Briony Addey, The Prometheus Trust, 6 Fairways, Dilton Marsh, Westbury, Wilts, BA13 3RU, UK.
01373 228195 (or, from outside the UK country code 44 then 1373 228195)