Stanford Ancient Metaphysics and Value Conference

February 17, 2023 - February 19, 2023
Department of Philosophy, Stanford University

450 Jane Stanford Way
United States

This event is available both online and in-person


University of Toronto, St. George
Stanford University
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
Princeton University
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München


Stanford University
University of South Florida
Stanford University

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Stanford Ancient Metaphysics and Value Conference

Location: First talk in 92Q, Stanford Philosophy Department Building 90, but every subsequent talk is in Classics room 112 building 110.

All talks are also available via Zoom

Friday, February 17th

8:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-11:30: Terence Irwin (Oxford/Stanford) ‘Practical reason and the object of desire’ with comments from Rupert Sparling (Stanford)

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-15:00 Roy Lee (Stanford) ‘Foundations in the method of the Eudemian Ethics’with comments from Armando Jose Perez-Gea (Stanford)

15:30-18:00 Ben Morison (Princeton)/ Jonathan Beere (Humboldt) ‘A Mathematical Form of Knowing How: the Nature of Problems in Euclid’s Geometry’ with comments from Huw Duffy (St John’s)

19:00 Dinner


Saturday, February 18th

8:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-11:30: Christof Rapp (LMU) Essential Predication in Aristotle’s Categories: A Defence’ with comments from Lukas Apsel (Stanford)

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-15:00: Rachel Barney (Toronto) ‘Platonic Qua Predication’ with comments from Thomas Slabon (Toronto)

15:30-18:00: Jessica Gelber (Toronto) ‘Aristotle on Interspecies Relations’ with comments from Ashley Attwood (Stanford)

19:30 Conference Dinner


Sunday, February 19th

8:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-11:30: Chris Bobonich (Stanford) 'Protreptic Strategies and Conditional Goods in Aristotle' with comments from Glenn Zhou (Michigan)

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-15:00: Jan Szaif ‘Being and Not-being in the Strictest Sense.” A Discussion of the first lines of Metaphysics Theta 10’ (UC Davis) with comments from Grant Dowling (Stanford)

15:00-15:15 Closing Remarks and End of Conference


We would like to thank for their generous financial support for this conference, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, the Sam Purtill fund, and the Stanford departments of Classics and Philosophy.


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