University of Oxford: ‘Philosophising with the Greats’

  • Radcliffe Humanities

Philosophising with the Greats


18 -19 March 2022 


Lecture Room, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford


Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road, OX2 6GG


 Provisional schedule 


Friday 18 of March 


9:30-10:00am Meet and greet & coffee


Morning session. Chair: Fiona Leigh (University College London)


10:00-11:15 Scott Berman (Saint Louis University): “Plato and the Objects of Thought”


11:20-12:35 Anna Marmodoro (Durham University): “Plato’s and Aristotle’s relationless ontologies”


12:35-14:00 Lunch


Afternoon session. Chair: Christopher Austin (Durham University)


14:00-15:00 Chiara Martini (University of Oxford): “Ariadne’s Thread: Where Can the History of Philosophy Lead Us?”


15:05-16:05 Ben Koons (Yale University) “Aristotle’s Privations and Our Omissions”


16:05-16:30 Coffee break


16:30-17:45 John Pemberton (Durham University): “Aristotle’s hidden solution to the puzzle of causation”



Saturday 19 of March 


Morning session. Chair: William Simpson (University of Cambridge) 


10:00-11:15 Rob Koons (University of Texas at Austin): “Sorting out Aristotle: Using Contemporary Metaphysics to Illuminate The Metaphysics”


11:20-12:35 Sophia Connell (Birkbeck, University of London): “Species and form in Aristotelian environmental ethics”


12:35-14:00 Lunch


Afternoon session. Chair: Richard Sorabji (University of Oxford)


14:00-15:00 Taylor Pincin (University of Texas at Austin): title TBC


15:00-15:15 Coffee break


15:15-16:30 Christopher Shields (University of Notre Dame): ‘From Actuality to Goodness: Value Facts in Aristotle’



16:30 Refreshments and general discussion



Organisers: John Pemberton ([email protected]) and Anna Marmodoro ([email protected]).


The event will be in person, but it will be possible to also follow it online. It will take place in a well ventilated and large space that will facilitate social distancing. The conference location is wheelchair accessible – other enquiries concerning accessibility will be welcomed by the organisers. There is no registration fee, but we ask those intending to attend to register by emailing either or both organisers their name and affiliation.  A website for the conference is in preparation.

Venue address

Woodstock Road