Saturday, November 8, 2014

Aporia in Ancient Philosophy

On November 28-30, 2014, the Plato Center at Trinity College Dublin will hold the conference "The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy." There is no attendance fee. For information, contact George Karamanolis ( or Vasilis Politis ( Here's the program:

Friday 28 November

10.30: Registration and Coffee 
10.50: Welcome

11.00-12.30: John Palmer: "Dilemmatic arguments: the origins of aporia-based method in the Eleatic and Sophistic traditions."

14.00-15.30: Jan Szaif: "Aporetic dialogue in Plato’s early works."

16.00-17.30: Vasilis Politis: "Aporia and scepticism in Plato’s early dialogues."

18.00-19.30: Lesley Brown: "Aporia in the Theaetetus and in the Sophist."

Saturday 29 November 

9.30-11.00: Verity Harte: "Aporia in the Parmenides."

11.30-13.00: Friedemann Bubbensiek: "Aporia in Metaphysics Beta."

14.00-15.30: Jessica Gelber: "A case study of Aristotle’s use of aporiai in natural science: Generation of Animals."

16.00-17.30: Christof Rapp: "Aporia and dialectical method in Aristotle."

18.00-19.30: Jan Opsomer: "The aporetic mode in Plato's school, from the Early to the Hellenistic Academy."

Sunday 30 November 

9.30-11.00: John Dillon: "Aporia in Plutarch."

11.30-13.00: Luca Castagnoli: "Aporia and inquiry in ancient Pyrrhonism."

14.00-15.30: Inna Kupreeva: "Alexander of Aphrodisias: aporia and exegesis."

16.00-17.30 George Karamanolis: "The role of aporia in Plotinus."

18.00-19.30: Damian Caluori: "Aporia and the limits of reason in Damascius."

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