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ATWAP 2017

by Rachel Barney .

Here is a preliminary schedule, soon to be updated with times and places, for the Annual Toronto Workshop in Ancient Philosophy, 2017. All are welcome; if you are coming from outside the University of Toronto, please ‘register’ (no fee except for dinner) with James Allen (jv.allen@utoronto).

Annual Toronto Workshop in Ancient Philosophy 2017


Friday March 3 – Saturday March 4

University of Toronto



Tim O’Keefe:  ‘The Normativity of Nature in Epicurean Ethics’, with comments by Charles Brittain

Brad Inwood: ‘The Pitfalls of Perfection: Stoicism for Non-Sages’, with comments by Julia Annas

Rachana Kamtekar: ‘Epicurus’ Refutation of Determinism’, with comments by Marion Durand

Susan Sauvé Meyer:  ‘Passions & Other Actions in Stoicism’ with comments by Tad Brennan


John Wynne: ‘Stoic Beauty’, with comments by Margaret Graver


Jacob Klein: ‘On the Guise of the Good (and the Bad) in Stoicism’, with comments by James Allen


Sponsored by the Collaborative Programme in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP). For more information contact James Allen (


Congratulations to Prof. Rachel Barney

by Rachel Barney .

Prof. Rachel Barney has just been appointed Canada Research Chair in Ancient Philosophy, and received a nice letter from Justin Trudeau!

Congratulations to Robert Howton!

by Rachel Barney .

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Howton on the successful defense of his PhD thesis (accepted Nov. 9 2016),   “Aristotle’s Case for Perceptual Knowledge”, in the Philosophy Department, and to his Committee: Jennifer Whiting (supervisor), Brad Inwood, and Lloyd Gerson. Robbie is at present Visiting Lecturer in the Philosophy Dept. at the University of Pittsburgh.

Congratulations to Bryan Reece!

by Rachel Barney .

Congratulations to Dr. Bryan Reece, whose PhD thesis, “The Ontology, Etiology, and Moral Psychology of Action: Aristotle and Today”, was successfully defended in August this year. Bryan’s supervisor was Prof. Lloyd Gerson; other committee members were Brad Inwood and Philip Clark. This year Bryan is a Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Toronto, teaching courses on Aristotle, human nature, and early modern philosophy.

UTCMP 2016

by Rachel Barney .

Conference Schedule


Session I (4:30 – 6:30)

Chair: Antoine Côté (University of Ottawa)

Speaker: Stephen Dumont (University of Notre Dame): “The Condemnation of Giles of Rome Revisited”

Commentator: Peter Eardley (University of Guelph)


Session II (10:00 – 12:00) 

Chair: Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)

Speaker: Dag Hasse (Julius-Maximillian-Universität Würzburg): “Averroës on Knowing God”

Commentator: Luis Xavier López-Farjeat (Universidad Panamericana)

Session III (2:00 – 4:00)

Chair: Michael Fatigati (University of Toronto)

Kendall Fisher (Syracuse University): “Thomas Aquinas on Hylomorphism and the In-Act Principle”

Philip Choi (University of Colorado at Boulder): “Skepticism, Reliabilism, and Evidentia in William of Ockham”

André Martin (McGill University): “Terminative Causation and the Object of Cognition in Peter John Olivi”

Session IV (4:15 – 6:15)

Chair: Andrew Arlig (Brooklyn College)

Cecilia Trifogli (Oxford University): “Thomas Aquinas, Giles of Rome, and Thomas Wylton on the Subject of Thought and the Intellectual Soul”

Commentator: Therese Scarpelli Cory (University of Notre Dame)

Congratulations to Nathan Gilbert

by Rachel Barney .

Congratulations to recent CPAMP graduate Nathan Gilbert, who will be a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Durham, U.K., starting in fall 2016! Nathan received his PhD from the Classics Department in 2015, for his dissertation, “Among Friends: Cicero and the Epicureans”.

ATWAP 2016

by Rachel Barney .

Annual Toronto Workshop in Ancient Philosophy
March 11-12, 2016


Friday, March 11
2.30 – 2.45 Introductions
2.45-4.15 Frank Gonzalez (Ottawa): “Plato’s Perspectivism”
Interlocutor: Marina McCoy (Boston College). Chair: Tom Robinson (Toronto)
4.15-4.30 Break
4.30-6.00 Constance Meinwald (U. Illinois at Chicago): “What Do We Think We’re Doing?”
Interlocutor: Allan Silverman (Ohio State). Chair: Brooks Sommerville (Colgate)

Saturday, March 12
9.00-10.30 Kenneth Sayre (Notre Dame): “Dialectic in Plato’s Later Dialogues”
Interlocutor: Mark Johnstone (McMaster). Chair: Lloyd Gerson (Toronto)
10.30-10.45 Break
10.45-12.15 Melissa Lane (Princeton): “Antiarchia: Interpreting Plato’s Political Thought”
Interlocutor: David Ebrey (Northwestern). Chair: Martin Pickavé (Toronto)
12.15-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.30 Michael Erler (Würzburg): “Elenctic Aporia and Performative Euporia: Literary Form and Philosophical Message” Interlocutor: Rachel Singpurwalla (Maryland). Chair: Rachel Barney (Toronto)
3.30-3.45 Break
3.45-5.15 François Renaud (Université de Moncton): “Drama and Argument in Plato” Interlocutor: Debra Nails (Michigan State). Chair: James Allen (Toronto)
5.15-6.00 Concluding Survey and General Discussion led by Tom Robinson (Toronto).

UTCMP 2015

by Rachel Barney .

The University of Toronto Colloquium in Mediaeval Philosophy 2015

Friday, September 25

Session I (4:30 – 6:30)

Chair: Matthew K. Siebert (University of Toronto)

Speaker: Marilyn McCord Adams (Rutgers University): “John Duns Scotus vs Henry of Ghent on Divine Illumination: Muddying the Waters”

Commentary: Giorgio Pini (Fordham University)


Saturday, September 26


Session II (10:00 – 12:00)

Chair: Walid Saleh (University of Toronto)

Speaker: Emma Gannagé (Georgetown University): “Al-Kindî On Why Mathematics Matters”

Commentary: Thérèse-Anne Druart (Catholic University of America)


Session III (2:00 – 4:00)

Chair: Celia Byrne (University of Toronto)

Zita Thot (Fordham University): “Was Giles a Thomist about Divine Concurrence?”

René Létourneau (Université du Québec, Montréal): “Substantial Plurality of the Soul: A Mid-XIIIth Century Naturalist Interpretation”

Michael Szlachta (University of Toronto): “Peter John Olivi, Freedom, and the Will’s Dominativus Aspectus


Session IV (4:15 – 6:15)

Chair: Bernardo Carlos Bazan (University of Ottawa)

Antoine Côté (University of Ottawa): “Pierre Roger (1291-1352) on the Causes and Object of Cognition”

Commentary: Peter John Hartman (Loyola University, Chicago)

All sessions will be held in Room 100 of the Jackman Humanities Building (170 St. George Street) and are free and open to the public.

Registration and inquiries: medieval_dot_philosophy_at_utoronto_dot_ca

The colloquium is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

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Organizers: Deborah Black, Peter King, Martin Pickavé

Congratulations to Willie Costello

by Rachel Barney .

Willie Costello, a recent CPAMP graduate,  has been appointed a Mellon Postoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, a three-year position starting September 2015. Willie completed his PhD in the Philosophy Department in April, with his thesis “From causes to Forms: the Phaedo and the foundations of Platonic metaphysics”.

Congratulations to Willie Costello and Nathan Gilbert

by Rachel Barney .

Congratulations to Willie Costello and Nathan Gilbert on the successful defenses of their excellent dissertations this week. Well done Dr. Costello and Dr. Gilbert!! Willie Costello’s thesis is entitled “From Causes to Forms: the Phaedo and the Foundations of Platonic Metaphysics”. It was directed by Rachel Barney and the external examiner was Sarah Broadie (University of St. Andrews). Nathan Gilbert’s thesis “Among Friends: Cicero and the Epicureans” was supervised by Brad Inwood. Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow) took part in the defense as external examiner.