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PTCOLIM

 

Warburg Neoplatonic Reading Group

Regular Thursday evening study readings

Being held via zoom virtual meetings during covid19 emergency

Although not formally affiliated with the Prometheus Trust, these reading sessions of neoplatonic texts may well be of interest to Trust supporters. The following invitation was issued by the organizers of the Group in September 2020:

Neoplatonic Studies Seminar In its seventh year the Neoplatonic Studies seminar will focus on the theme of Platonic approaches to theology. The seminar is, as it has been from its inception, open to all – to those who have and do not have ancient Greek, to those well-versed in ancient Neoplatonic philosophy and to those who are not. The only requisite is ‘a desire to know’. Each week the seminar studies a short passage or two in English translation (though those who prefer to read the original Greek are not forbidden from doing so). This year, as interludes to the programme proper, we intend to invite two established Neoplatonic scholars, names and dates to be announced, to lead the seminar on a Neoplatonic topic of their choice.

The seminar takes place in one of the Seminar Rooms of the Warburg Institute (Woburn Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AB), on Thursdays, 5.30-7.30 (but while meeting remotely via Zoom 5-7pm), more or less throughout the academic year, including vacations and reading weeks. If you are not already a participant and would like to be added to the mailing list or wish to receive further information about the seminar, please contact Daniel Samuel (daniel.samuel@postgrad.sas.ac.uk). The seminar is organized by Sara Miglietti, Tim Addey, Harold Tarrant, Dilwyn Knox and Peter Singer. Daniel Samuel (very kindly) acts as its Secretary.

Programme 2019-20 - “Platonic approaches to theology”

    • Oct 8 Proclus Theology of Plato, Book I, chapters 1 and 2 - History and approaches to theology
    • Oct 15 Proclus Theology of Plato, Book I, chapter 3 - That the First Principle is beyond intellect
    • Oct 22 Proclus Theology of Plato, Book I, chapters 4 and 5 - Modes of theology, Plato’s dialogues
    • Oct 29 Proclus Theology of Plato, Book V, chapters 1 and 2 - Intellect and the Demiurge
    • Nov 5 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book I, Diehl 1-7 - The target of the Timaeus
    • Nov 12 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book I, Diehl 7-14 - The context of the Timaeus
    • Nov 19 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 264-272 - The paradigmatic cause of the universe
    • Nov 26 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 272-279 - Cosmic enquires & the text of the dialogue
    • Dec 3 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 279-285 - On Generation
    • Dec 10 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 285-290 - An everlasting universe
    • Dec 17 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 290-299 - An everlasting coming into being
    • Jan 7 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 299-303 - The Demiurge
    • Jan 14 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 303-310 - The Demiurge, a Platonic history
    • Jan 21 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 310-319 - The Demiurge, Proclus and Syrianus
    • Janu 28 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 319-325 - The paradigm and the cosmos
    • Febr 4 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 325-330 - Paradigm, Demiurge and “the Best”
    • Feb 11 Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 330-337 - Beautiful paradigm, beautiful image.
    • Feb 18 Proclus Theology of Plato, Book III, chapters 1 and 2 3 and 4 - the One and the Gods
    • Feb 25  Proclus Theology of Plato, Book III, chapters 7 and 8 - the Bound and the Infinite
    • Mar 4 Proclus Theology of Plato, Book III, chapters 12-14 - the Intelligible triads
    • Mar 11 Proclus Theology of Plato, Book IV, chapters 2 and 3 - Intelligible-Intellectual Gods
    • Mar 18 Proclus Theology of Plato, Book V, chapters 3 and 4 - the Intellectual hebdomad
    • Mar 25 Proclus Theology of Plato, Book V, chapters 17 and 18 - Demiurge and his juniors
    • Apr 4 Proclus Theology of Plato, Book VI, chapters 1 and 2 - The Ruling, Liberated & Cosmic Gods
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