Bernard Williams and the Ancients

September 19, 2016 - September 20, 2016
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Lucia Windsor Room
Newnham College
Sidgwick Avenue CB3 9DF
United Kingdom


Sophie-Grace Chappell
The Open University
Mary Margaret McCabe
King's College London
Lubomira Radoilska
University of Kent
Catherine Rowett
University of East Anglia


Sophia Connell
University of Cambridge
Cambridge University

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*** Please note that the programme for the conference has changed slightly since the original anouncememnt ***

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Mind Association for this conference.


Please register by e-mailing Dr Nakul Krishna, University of Cambridge (nk459 AT cam DOT ac DOT uk). There is no fee for registration, but the organisers will be grateful if attendees keep them informed of any chance of plans as it is possible there will be a waitlist.


Keynote (19th September): 1700–1830

Prof. MM McCabe, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy
King's College, London

'Good-makers and Good-takers: Bernard Williams on Platonic (intrinsic) goodness'

Drinks Reception: 1830 – 1915


Panel I (0930–1030 BST)

Chair: Dr Nakul Krishna, University of Cambridge

Prof. Catherine Rowett, University of East Anglia

'Doing Philosophy the Genealogy Way: Bernard Williams and Plato’s Republic'

Panel II (1100–1230)

Chair: Prof. Richard Holton, University of Cambridge

Jesse Schupack, University of Notre Dame

‘Williams and Aristotle on the Self: A Puzzle and a Solution’

Repondent: Mr Nicholas Denyer, University of Cambridge

Prof. Christopher C. Raymond, Vassar College

‘Shame, Tragedy and the Possibility of Wisdom’

Respondent. Prof. Gabor Betegh, University of Cambridge.

Panel III (1400–1530)

Chair: Prof. Rae Langton, University of Cambridge

Dr Vida Yao, Rice University

'The Refutation of Meaning'

Respondent: Prof. Patricia Easterling, University of Cambridge 

Avery Snelson, University of California, Riverside

'The Greeks: A Model for a Superior Moral Psychology'

Respondent: Dr James Warren, University of Cambridge

Panel IV (1600–1730)

Chair: Dr Sophia Connell, University of Cambridge

Dr Lubomira Radoilska, University of Kent

'Williams on Agent Regret and Ancient Greek Moral Psychology'

Prof. Sophie-Grace Chappell, The Open University

'Agamemnon at Aulis: Imagination, Identification, and the Margins of Ethics'


Tea, coffee and non-caffeinated drinks will be provided between sessions. No meals are provided, but food may be purchased at the Newnham College buttery, which provides a range of vegetarian and vegan food options; the café staff are also able, on request, to cater to kosher and halal dietary requirements. For further inquiries about dietary requirements, please write to Dr Nakul Krishna.


All conference talks will take place in the Lucia Windsor Room, Newnham College, University of Cambridge. There is lift (elevator) access to the room. More information here:

For further inquiries about accessibility, facilities, or for information about childcare during the conference, please write to Dr Nakul Krishna.

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