2022: Philosophy Throughout Its History


Hopf Colloquium Poster Updated

The History of Philosophy Forum is proud to present our inaugural cross-period colloquium on the topic, "Philosophy Throughout Its History." Speakers will consider how philosophers at different historical times and places understood the project in which they were engaged. How did they conceptualize “philosophy”? What did they think distinguishes philosophical endeavors from other intellectual activities such as science or theology? What did they imagine the individual and social benefits of philosophy to be, and how did they critique the philosophical project itself? This colloquium will explore the self-understanding of a key humanities discipline throughout the ages.

We invite all who are interested in attending to join us either at Notre Dame or over Zoom! The in-person location for this year's colloquium is the McKenna Conference Center, rooms 205-207; the entire conference will also be streamed live.

Our program runs from 9am-5:45pm on both days (Thursday-Friday, April 7-8). See below for our lineup of speakers; a detailed schedule can be found here. Handouts for the presentations are available in the Google Drive folder below.

Colloquium Program

Albertus Magnus Sermon

Thursday, April 7th

1. Presocratics: 9:15 – 10:30 ET
André Laks (Universidad Panamericana / Emeritus, University of Paris-Sorbonne [virtual])
Writing and Illustrating the History of Early Greek Philosophy

2. Plato and Aristotle: 10:45 – 12:00 ET
Rachana Kamtekar (Cornell University [virtual])
Concepts of Cause in Plato

Lunch (for all registrants): 12:00 – 1:30 ET

3. Late antiquity: 1:30 – 2:45 ET
Gretchen Reydams-Schils (University of Notre Dame)
Musonius Rufus, or How to Recognize a Roman Stoic

4. Medieval I: 3:00 – 4:15 ET
John Marenbon (University of Cambridge [virtual])
Philosophy according to Boethius and the Medieval Readers of the "Consolation”

5. Medieval II: 4:30 – 5:45 ET
Therese Cory and Stephen Ogden (University of Notre Dame)
Growing Into a Microcosm: The Philosopher in the Medieval Falsafa and Scholastic Traditions

Friday, April 8th

6. Renaissance: 9:15 – 10:30 ET
Christopher Celenza (Johns Hopkins University)
Prolegomena for a New History of Philosophy

7. Early modern: 10:45 – 12:00 ET
Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
What Is It With Early Modern Philosophy?

Lunch (for all registrants): 12:00 – 1:30 ET

8. Enlightenment: 1:30 – 2:45 ET
Paul Franks (Yale University)
Mendelssohn's Mitigated Rationalism

9. Philosophy today: 3:00 – 4:15 ET
Kris McDaniel (University of Notre Dame)
Some Recent Conceptions of Philosophy

10. Round Table Discussion: 4:30 – 5:45 ET