Conference: Platonic dialectic – inquiring into the nature of things
In recent decades a growing number of scholars have questioned the developmental approach to Plato that dominated scholarship in the 20th century. But this change has yet to prompt new approaches to Plato's conception of dialectic. The conference aims to promote such new approaches.
The last decades of Platonic scholarship bear witness to a radical change in the way Plato’s dialogues are generally read. The developmental approach that dominated scholarship in the 20th century is now questioned by a growing number of scholars, and this has stimulated a renewed interest both in the question how the dialogues are best approached and in the approaches to Plato adopted by older Platonists (i.e. before the 19th century especially).
This change, however, has still to prompt a revision of the way Platonic dialectic is approached. The assumption that Plato’s conception of dialectic underwent a significant development, starting from a Socratic ideal of philosophy as dialogue and culminating in a more Aristotelian, scientific ideal, still dominates scholarship on the subject. The aim of the conference is to consider, and potentially question, this assumption in order to stimulate discussions about the nature of Platonic dialectic.
Thursday, May 31st
10.15-11.15 Vasilis Politis (Trinity College Dublin) Dialectic versus epistemology in regard to Plato
13.00-13.45 Evan Rodriguez (Idaho State University) A Long Lost Relative in the Parmenides? Plato’s Family of Dialectical Methods
14.30-15.15 Vivil Valvik Haraldsen (University of Oslo) What does dialectic tell us about reason in the Republic?
16.00-16.45 Pauline Sabrier (Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhuhai campus) The role of the ti esti question in Plato’s Sophist
Friday, June 1st
09.00-10.00 Walter Mesch (Universität Münster) Between Variety and Unity. How to deal with Plato’s Dialectic?
10.45-11.30 Marilena Vlad (University of Bucharest, Al. Dragomir Institute) Dialectic and Philosophical Divination
13.00-13.45 Kristian Larsen (University of Bergen) Defining rhetoric dialectically – in defense of Socratic divisions in Plato’s Gorgias
14.30-15.15 Cristina Ionescu (The Catholic University of America) The Philosopher’s Dialectical Art in the Phaedrus: What are the Objects that we Collect and Divide?
16.00-16.45 Justin Vlasits (Eberhard- Karls Universität Tübingen) Plato’s Dialectical Methods
19.30 Conference dinner
Saturday, June 2nd
09.30-10.30 Pauliina Remes (Uppsala University) Plotinus on Dialectic: Ennead I.3
11.15-12.00 Emily Austin (Wake Forest College) The Special Object of Dialectic in Plato’s Charmides and Euthydemus
12.30-14.00 Lunch/Conference meeting
14.00-14.45 Naoya Iwata (University of Oxford) Collection and Division and the Method of Hippocrates in Plato’s Phaedrus