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Evan Keeling, UVA and University of São Paulo, Brazil

"Why does Aristotle Need Appearance?"
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
1001-B Cathedral of Learning


CPAS Colloquiums

Gretchen Reydams-Schils, University of Notre Dame

"Calcidius on Matter"

Abstract:  Calcidius, the 4th c. AD Latin commentator on Plato's Timaeus, provides one of the most intricate analyses of the principle 'matter' available to us from Antiquity, which includes material from Aristotle and the Stoics (among others).  In this paper, I will focus on how the view he ends up endorsing amounts to a very distinctive and interesting form of minimal dualism.
Friday, February 6, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

208-A Cathedral of Learning


Dr. Klaus Corcilius, University of California at Berkely

"Receptivity, Spontaneity, and Basic Perceptual Discrimination in Aristotle"

This is a paper about Aristotle’s account of basic sensory discrimination (krinein) and the reception of perceptual qualities without their matter in the De Anima II.11 and 12: Aristotle’s philosophy of nature makes qualities objective features of physical objects. The challenge he faces in accounting for their perception (aisthêsis) is therefore less dramatic than in philosophers with a different attitude towards nature and qualities: on the most basic level, it consists in explaining the separation of qualities from their matter and their consequent reception by the perceiver. Based on Aristotle’s views about animal receptivity and spontaneity and their relation to the perceptual soul, the paper offers an interpretation of sensory discrimination as the separation of qualities from their matter, on which he can meet the challenge and explain the perception of basic qualities. I end with a brief discussion of higher forms of perceptual discrimination.


Friday, October 3, 2014

3:30 p.m.

Cathedral of Learning Room 244A



Aristotle's Bust








Every other Wednesday 4:30 - 6:30 P.M.
For more information Contact Kelson Law



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Selected Publications

cover of Being Nature, and Life In Aristotle by James Lennox

Being, Nature, and Life In Aristotle

by James G. Lennox (Editor), Robert Bolton (Editor)

This volume of essays explores major connected themes in Aristotle's metaphysics, philosophy of nature, and ethics, especially themes related to essence, definition, teleology, activity, potentiality, and the highest good. The volume is united by the belief that all aspects of Aristotle's work need to be studied together if any one of the areas of thought is to be fully understood. Many of the papers were contributions to a conference at the University of Pittsburgh entitled 'Being, Nature, and Life in Aristotle', to honor Professor Allan Gotthelf's many contributions to the field of ancient philosophy; a few are contributions from those who were invited but could not attend. The contributors, all longstanding friends of Professor Gotthelf, are among the most accomplished scholars in the field of ancient philosophy today.



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