Talk: Peter Adamson – TBA

Prof. Adamson’s talk was re-scheduled for 26 September 2022.

Workshop: First Philosophy in Metaphysics ZH (April 22-23, 2022)

Join Christian Pfeiffer and Samuel Meister for this online workshop on first philosophy in ZH. To register, please email Christian Pfeiffer.

In this workshop, we want ask to what extent ZH is a metaphysical treatise. On the one hand, metaphysics studies fundamental beings, substance, and the task of ZH is defining substance and seeking its principles and causes. On the other hand, ZH deals with perceptible substances, that is, substances composed of form and matter. Not only is the study of form-matter composites the topic of the Physics, which raises the question of whether the account of the Physics differs from that of the Metaphysics, but also Aristotle himself indicates in ZH that this study belongs to second philosophy (Z.11) and that he undertakes an analysis of perceptible substances to get clear about non-perceptible substances (Z.17). In this workshop, we want to explore this tension and solutions to it.



Friday, April 22

9-10.30: Lindsay Judson (Oxford): What Is Aristotle’s Metaphysics About?

11-12.30: Mary Louise Gill (Brown): Being, Essence, and Definition in Metaphysics Z.4.


1.30-3.00 pm: Lloyd Gerson (Toronto): Substance and First Philosophy: The Failed Hypothesis

Saturday, April 23

9-10.30: Michail Peramatzis (Oxford): Priority and Unity as Unifiers of Aristotle’s “Natural” and “Supranatural” Metaphysics

11-12.30: Christof Rapp (Munich): Sensible Substance and the Envisaged Outcome of Aristotle’s Metaphysical Project

Masterclass: Federico Petrucci

Prof. Federico Petrucci (Turin University) will be leading a masterclass on Plato’s Phaedrus, primarily intended for CSAMP graduate students, on Tuesday, March 22, 4-6 p.m. in LI [Classics] 205. All CSAMP graduates and postdocs are welcome / encouraged to take part (others by request to The class will focus on close reading of 237a-241d (Socrates’ first speech).

ATWAP: ‘Receiving Plato: Then and Now’

The next Annual Toronto Workshop in Ancient Philosophy will take place on March 18-19, 2022.

If, during the conference, you need help with Zoom, etc., please contact Rachel O’Keefe: She will be monitoring Zoom, and the Zoom room belongs to her.


ATWAP 2022

Receiving Plato: Then and Now

A Conference in Honour of Harold Tarrant

March 18-19

University of Toronto

Jackman Humanities Building 100

170 St. George St.


 Friday, March 18th


9.00 A.M.-5.00 P.M.


9.00-10.15 A.M. Danielle A. Layne (Gonzaga University), “A Change of Direction: Reading the Dyad in Plato’s Parmenides (Respondent: Samuel Meister, U. of Toronto). Chair: Lloyd Gerson (U. of Toronto)

10.15-10.45 A.M. Coffee Break

10.45-12.00 P.M. Federico Petrucci (Turin), “Swimming Intellects: On the Philosophical Economy of Timaeus’ Eschatology” (Respondent: Douglas Campbell, U. of Toronto).    Chair: Christian Pfeiffer (U. of Toronto)

12.00-1.00 P.M. Lunch

1.00-2.15 P.M. Jan Opsomer (Leuven), “Xenocrates, Speusippus, and Crantor on the Soul”  (Respondent: Stephen Menn, McGill). Chair: Rachel Barney (U. of Toronto)

2.15-3.30 P.M. Sara Ahbel-Rappe (U. Michigan), “Narrative Elements in Middle Platonic Thought” (Respondent: Ryan Fowler, Franklin and Marshall). Chair: James Allen (U. of      Toronto)

3.30-3.45 P.M. Coffee Break

3.45-5.00 P.M. David Runia (Melbourne), “The Reception of Plato in the Aetian Placita” (Respondent: George Boys-Stones, U. of Toronto). Chair: Debra Nails (Michigan State)



Saturday, March 19th 

9.00 A.M.-5.00 P.M. 


9.00-10.15 A.M. Mauro Bonazzi (Utrecht), “Antiochus and the Sirens: On the Problematic Relation Between Contemplation and Ethics in the Platonist Tradition” (Respondent: André Lanoue, U. of Toronto). Chair: Martin Pickavé (U. of Toronto)

10.15-10.45 A.M  Coffee Break

10.45-12.00 P.M. Albert Joosse (Groningen), “Julian, Cynicism and the Platonic Curriculum” (Respondent: François Renaud, Moncton). Chair: Jessica Gelber (U. of Toronto)

12.00-1.00 P.M. Lunch

1.00-2.00 P.M. Video Tabula Gratulorum

2.00-3.15 P.M. John Finamore (U. of Iowa), “The Divided Line and the Cave in Proclus’ Republic Commentary” (Respondent: Gregory MacIsaac, Carleton). Chair: Georgia Mouroutsou (Western University)

3.15-4.30 P.M. Michael Griffin (UBC), “Inspiring Virtue in Athenian and Alexandrian    Neoplatonism” (Respondent: Sarah Wear, Steubenville). Chair: Lloyd Gerson (U. of Toronto)

4.30-5.15 P.M. Harold Tarrant (Newcastle, NSW), Valedictory

6.00 P.M. Dinner (Duke of York)

WiP Talk: Samuel Meister – TBA

Samuel Meister gives his work-in-progress talk, “What Does Metaphysics Z Contribute to Aristotle’s First Philosophy?”, to the CSAMP Proseminar on February 28, 4-6 pm.

WiP Talk: John Jalsevac – “Aquinas on Memory and Recollection”

John Jalsevac gives his work-in-progress talk, “Aquinas on Memory and Recollection”, to the CSAMP Proseminar on February 7, 4-6 pm. Venue: Zoom.

WiP Talk: Katharine O’Reilly – ‘Arete of Cyrene and the Role of Women in Philosophical Lineage’

On Monday, January 17, 2022, we are delighted to welcome Katharine O’Reilly (X University, formerly Ryerson University) who will be delivering her talk at our weekly work-in-progress seminar, titled “Arete of Cyrene and the Role of Women in Philosophical Lineage”. The talk will take place on Zoom.

Workshop on Apuleius’ De Mundo

On 9-11 December, 2021, CSAMP will host a workshop devoted to Apuleius’ De Mundo, organised by George Boys-Stones. The workshop will be open to all. For further details, including information on how to register, please consult the event’s continuously updated website:


Talk: Paolo Fait (New College, Oxford) – ‘Being particular about particulars: a new assessment of the debate on individual properties in the Categories’

On Monday, December 6 we are delighted to welcome Paolo Fait (New College Oxford), who will be delivering a talk at our weekly CPAMP Seminar, titled “Being particular about particulars: a new assessment of the debate on individual properties in the Categories“. The talk will take place on Zoom.

Philosophy Department Colloquium: Sean Kelsey – ‘Mind and World in Aristotle’s De Anima’

On Friday (December 3, 3-5pm) Sean Kelsey (Notre Dame) will give a talk entitled “Mind and World in Aristotle’s De anima”. For more information see here: