Ancient Philosophy

Plato's works and Socrates

The aim of the group is to promote research in ancient philosophy.

The ancient philosophy group wishes to be joined by master's students, PhD candidates, teaching assistants and members of the academic staff who intend to work on the period from Thales to Augustine. The group as such has no special preferences concerning philosophical approaches.

The Bergen Ancient Philosophy Group is an active research group at the University of Bergen's Department of Philosophy. The group holds regular reading groups and seminar sessions, as well as arranging conferences and similar events.

The 2018 conference, “Democracy and its Rivals: Political Thinking in and around Plato” (24-25 May), focuses on the Statesman and Laws.  The group’s previous conference was "Paideia, Power, and Persuasion" (2017).

The Department of Philosophy also houses DICTUM , an EU funded project on Plato’s dialectic, carried out in cooperation with the Bergen Ancient Philosophy Group.

The group is headed by Professor Hallvard Fossheim.

Ancient Philosophy
Øynenen på helligportløven med applonhulen plassert mellom øynene
May 24

Democracy and Its Rivals: Plato's Statesman and Laws

Bergen Ancient Philosophy Symposium 2018

Platonic dialectic
Plato's Academy in mosaic
May 31

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.

Academic staff

Hallvard Fossheim

Kristin Sampson

Gro Rørstadbotten 


Postdoctoral fellows

Kristian Larsen 


PhD candidates

Anders Enggrav (starts in the posistion 1st August 2019)