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Alexander of Aphrodisias on the soul's capacities for desiring and understanding - South-East European Association for Ancient Philosophy Workshop

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 9:30 am – Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:00 pm

The topic of the workshop is the treatment of two soul-powers by Alexander of Aphrodisias, the most important Peripatetic philosopher and commentator of antiquity, in his work De anima (On the Soul): namely the desiring soul (De anima pp. 71–80) and the thinking (rational) part of the soul (De anima pp. 80–94). In both cases, the workshop will aim at an in-depth reading and discussion of Alexander's complex argumentation, and to connect Alexander's accounts about the soul to his metaphysical and epistemological discussions and to his theory of action.

8 December

Location: CEU Monument Building, Gellner Room (103)
Chair: Karel Thein
9:30-11:00 Orna Harari (Tel Aviv): 71, 22 – 74, 12 Relation of phantasia – impulse – desire; Species of desires
11:15-12:45 Pavel Gregoric (Zagreb): 74, 13 – 78, 2 The desiring faculty; Bodily mechanisms
Lunch break
Chair: Hynek Bartoš
14:00-15:30 Christian Pfeiffer (Munich): 78, 2 – 80,15 The soul for desiring is the mover of the body
Coffee break
16:00-17:30 Klaus Corcilius (Tübingen): 80, 16 – 83, 2 Objects of intellect, material and habitual intellect

 9 December

Location: CEU Monument Building, Gellner Room (103)
Chair: Jakub Jirsa
9:30-11:00 Gweltaz Guyomarc'h (Lyon): 83, 2 – 86, 6 Concept formation, material and habitual intellect
11:15-12:45 Robert Roreitner (Montreal/Berlin):  86, 6 – 88, 16 Active intellect
Lunch break
Chair: Péter Lautner
14:00-15:30 Börje Byden (Gothenburg, Sweden): 88, 17 – 91, 6 Productive intellect
Coffee break
16:00-17:30 István Bodnár (CEU): 91, 7 – 92, 11 The soul is all the things

10 December

Location: ELTE Campus, 1088 Budapest, Múzeum körút 4., buliding I.
Chair: Katerina Ierodiakonou
9:30-11:00 Attila Hangai (CEU): 92, 12 – 94, 6 The faculties of the soul
11:15-12:45 Inna Kupreeva (Edinburgh): Alexander’s theory of the intellect – closing lecture

In a joint effort by philosophers in South-Eastern Europe, the South-East European Association for Ancient Philosophy was founded in 2003, and  has had a yearly workshop every year ever since. This year the meeting is to be held in Budapest, with the Department of Philosophy of CEU and the Department of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy of Eötvös University as the host institutions.