Ancient Metaphysics and its Modern Appropriations - International Summer Undergraduate Conference

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Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Gellner (103)
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 9:00am
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Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 9:00am to Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

Ancient philosophers, through their incessant debates and discussions, produced a vast array of highly complex competing conceptions about the nature of reality, and its fundamental constituents. These debates, and the metaphysical theories which were formulated in the course of these exchanges, are highly interesting in their own right, but also in the way they set the frame for later discussions, and provide the starting points of competing conceptual frameworks for later developments. In our International Summer Undergraduate Conference we invite participants to explore this fascinating field: ancient metaphysical theories, and the dynamic exchanges of ancient philosophers on these topics, as well as the impact of ancient metaphysical discussions and theories on modern and contemporary metaphysical debates.

The conference will be held in Budapest from August 27 to August 29, 2015. The conference intends to provide a forum for students pursuing their BA and MA studies at a recognized institution of higher education, interested in ancient and contemporary metaphysics, and their interrelationship.

Language of the conference is English. Participants at the conference will have 30 minutes to present their papers (the full text of the papers may be made available on the internet for the participants of the conference). This will be followed by comments given by invited readers in 10 minutes, and by another 20-25 minutes of discussion.

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27/08/2015 Thursday

28/08/2015 Friday


Howard Robinson (CEU): Problems with attempts to revive Aristotle's theory of substance

Opening Keynote Lecture


Ondrej Cerny (Oxford): From Thales to Plato, to Descartes, and back: the Soul's Odyssey in Nature

Commentator: Máté Herner

Amanda Karlsson (Cambridge): The Greatest Difficulty: Knowledge and Forms in Plato’s Parmenides 33A-34C

Commentator: Máté Herner

11.30 -11.50

Coffee break

Coffee break


İlter Coşkun (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul): Source of the Soul’s Being in Plato’s Philosophy

Commentator: István Bárány

Gaetano Longo (University of Salerno): Some Remarks about the first two Deductions in the Second Part of Plato's Parmenides

Commentator: István Bodnár


Petra  Batthyanyová (BISLA, Bratislava): Symposium - Erotic aspect of the beauty itself

Commentator: Mariapaola Bergomi

Zoe McConaughey (Université de Lille3): Can we get rid of non-contradiction?

Commentator: Hanoch Ben-Yami





Kris McLain (Utah Valley University): Immortal Identity: Platonic Dualism and Consciousness Transferal

Commentator: Gábor Betegh

Rosamaria Romanelli (University of Florence): The ontological status of mathematical entities in the Academic and Modern debate

Commentator: András Máté


Coffee Break

Coffee break


Flavia Felletti (Universitat de Barcelona): Time and Change in Ancient and Contemporary Metaphysics

Commentator: Attila Hangai

Alesia Preite (Università di Pavia/LMU): Aristotle versus Lowe on Ontological Independence

Commentator: Philip Goff


Davood Bahjat Fumani (University of Tehran): Ignorance and Intentional Action

Commentator: Anna Réz

Hanoch Ben-Yami (CEU): Descartes and the Possibility of Idealism

Closing Keynote Lecture