Philosophy as a Way of Life in the History of Philosophy

June 28, 2019 - June 29, 2019
Department of Philosophy, King's College London

Strand Campus (Room S -1.27)
London WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

Sponsor(s):

  • British Society for the History of Philosophy

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King's College London
King's College London
King's College London
Oxford University
King's College London
Birkbeck College
Royal Holloway University of London
King's College London

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King's College London
King's College London
Royal Holloway University of London

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Cicero praised Socrates for having called down philosophy from the heavens to the marketplace. Arguably, Socrates also called philosophy into people’s lives. He reproached his fellow-Athenians for living un-philosophically. But what does it mean to let philosophy into one’s life? What does it mean to live philosophically or the opposite? In recent years the work of Pierre Hadot has received increasing attention, in particular his conception of philosophy as a way of life. Hadot’s work focused on ancient philosophy, claiming that in antiquity philosophy was understood not merely as a series of abstract arguments or theoretical claims but also, and more fundamentally, as a guide to how to live. 

A number of scholars have taken up this model and used it to reinterpret a range of figures in the history of philosophy, either to shed new light on well-known thinkers or to rehabilitate others who have been overlooked. This two-day conference will bring together scholars who work on different periods in the history of philosophy in order to explore different answers to the questions raised. In particular, speakers will examine the ways in which the notion of philosophy as a way of life might offer a useful framework for thinking about how philosophers in the past conceived the subject and how this might impact on how we ought to interpret their works today.

Schedule

Friday 28 June

9.30-10.00: Tea & Coffee

10.00-11.15: M.M. McCabe (KCL) ‘Curiosity, anxiety and Platonic conversation’

11.15-12.45: Joachim Aufderheide (KCL) ‘Realising your self in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

12.45-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.15: Raphael Woolf (KCL) ‘Cicero on the liveability of philosophy'

15.15-15.45: Tea & Coffee

15.45- 17.00: John Sellars (Royal Holloway/KCL) ‘Renaissance metaphilosophy’

17.00-18.15: Paul Lodge (Oxford) ‘Leibniz’s philosophy as a way of life’

Saturday 29 June

9.30-10.00: Tea & Coffee

10.00-11.15: Simone Webb (UCL) ‘Philosophy as a feminist spirituality and critical practice for Mary Astell’

11.15-12.45: Clare Carlisle (KCL) ‘Spinoza: Philosophy and Devotion’

12.45-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.15: John Callanan (KCL) ‘Kant and Enlightenment Paideia’ 

15.15-15.45: Tea & Coffee

15.45- 17.00: Christoph Schuringa (NCH) ‘Philosophy and Praxis: Marx and the Young Hegelians’

17.00-18.15: Martijn Wallage (Leipzig) ‘Living in the Eternal Present’

The event is generously supported by the History of Philosophy Research Seminar at King's College London and the British Society for the History of Philosophy. 

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