The moral life, the philosophic life and the ideal of god-likeness
Paper and workshop by Professor Suzanne Stern-Gillet, University of Bolton and University of Manchester April 26-27, 2012 Centre for Neoplatonic virtue ethics
Paper. Is the philosophic life, as Plotinus describes it in the Enneads, invariably compatible with the moral life, as we today conceive of it ? If, as Plato says and Plotinus loves to repeat, ‘evils haunt this region’, should the ‘good man’ flee from them and turn to the god within or should he, on the contrary, seek to alleviate the predicament of those who, for one reason or another, still remain in ‘this region’ ? Or should he, conceivably, strive to do both ? All three answers have recently been ably and hotly defended. The aim of the lecture is to identify and to question the presuppositions and assumptions built into the formulation of both the initial question and the answers that it has mostly received to date. The question, so it will be argued, could not have arisen in such terms in the framework of Plotinus’ metaphysics and the values that it entails.
Time and place : April 26, 1.15-3.00 PM, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Humanities, Njalsgade 76, 2300 Copenhagen S, lecture room 14.2.50.
For Stuzanne Stern-Gillet’s research interests, please see http://www.bolton.ac.uk/AME/Researc...
Workshop. We shall discuss Plotinus’ Ennead V.1 ; please email Leo Catana (email@example.com) for a full list of literature. The workshop is open to MA and PhD students. Please register in advance. Time and place : April 27, 10.00-12.00 AM, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Humanities, Njalsgade 76, 2300 Copenhagen S, lecture room 17.2.251C.
Organized by The Centre for Neoplatonic Virtue Ethics, University of Copenhagen : http://www.virtueethics.ku.dk/