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 (


Charles Brittain to join CPAMP faculty

by Rachel Barney .

We are delighted to announce that Professor Charles Brittain will be joining CPAMP and the Department of Classics as Jackman Professor in the Humanities. He will begin teaching in the Programme in Winter term of 2017-18. Prof. Brittain is currently Professor of Classics and the Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy and Humane Letters at Cornell University, where he has also been Chair of the Classics Department. He is a leading expert on ancient philosophy and has published extensively on ancient scepticism, Hellenistic philosophy, and the Platonic tradition. He is author of Philo of Larissa: Last of the Academic Skeptics (Oxford, 2001) and Cicero: On Academic Skepticism (Hackett, 2006), as well as numerous articles, and (as co-author with Tad Brennan) the first English translation of Simplicius’ Commentary on the Encheiridion (Cornell University Press, 2002). His current research focusses on Augustine and on early Greek literary criticism. While the Jackman Chair is held entirely in the Classics Department, Prof. Brittain will also have a cross-appointment in the Philosophy Department and be a full participant in CPAMP’s interdisciplinary activities.

Congratulations to me

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.

Stephen Menn talk

by Rachel Barney .

Prof. Stephen Menn (McGill University) will be speaking in the CPAMP Work in Progress seminar on Mon. Nov. 28, on “Consistency and Contradiction in Greek Philosophy” (Lillian Massey 301, 4:00-6:00); all welcome.

Phillip Horky talks

by Rachel Barney .

Phillip Horky (University of Durham/NHC Fellow) will be visiting CPAMP this Fall,  giving two talks as follows:
‘”System” in Pythagoreanism’  
Fri. Nov. 4, 3:00-5:00
Lillian Massey 205
‘Categories in Plato’s Academy.’
CPAMP Work in Progress Seminar
Mon. Nov. 7, 4:00-6:00
Lillian Massey 301
All welcome!

Alexander Mourelatos talk

by Rachel Barney .

Prof. A.P.D. Mourelatos (University of Texas at Austin) will be speaking in the CPAMP Work in Progress Proseminar on Mon. Oct. 3 (4:00-6:00, Lillian Massey 301): all welcome.

University of Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy 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).