2022 West Coast Plato Workshop @ Stanford: Republic I-IV

May 27, 2022 - May 29, 2022
Stanford University

Main Quad, Building 260, Room 113
450 jane stanford Way
United States


Washington University in St. Louis
Stanford University
University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Duke University
Stanford University
Stanford University
Stanford University


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The 2022 West Coast Plato Workshop on Republic I-IV will take place May 27-29th at Stanford University, with a parallel Zoom session available for those unable to join us in person. 

The program with registration info for both the Zoom and in-person components of the conference is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mn18tqglpsmxk2LnBsbZ34b3oJEh6E1u/view?usp=sharing

Friday, May 27th (Stanford Main Quad, Building 260, Room 113)

12:00-13:45 – Session 1  

André Luiz Braga da Silva (São Paulo), “Plato’s Principle of Non-Contradiction in Republic and Sophist”         

Comments: Patrick Cox (Padua)

Chair: Andrew Hull (Northwestern)

13:45-15:00 – Lunch

15:00-16:45 – Session 2

Eric Brown (Washington), “Plato on Goods, From Socrates to Glaucon and Back Again.”

Comments: Casey Perin (UC Irvine)

Chair: Thomas Slabon (Stanford)

17:00-19:15 – Keynote

Josh Ober (Stanford), “Glaucon’s Dilemma: Plato on the origins of social order”

19:30 – Conference Dinner

Saturday, May 28th (Stanford Main Quad, Building 120, Seminar Room)

8:45-9:00 – Breakfast

9:00-10:45 – Session 3

Jonathan Fine (Hawaii), “What is it to act for the sake of the kalon?”         

Comments: Faith McFadden (Southern California)

Chair: Zachary Brants (UC San Diego)

11:00-12:45 – Session 4

Thomas Slabon (Stanford), “Plato on Learning to Be Good: Typological Character Formation in Republic II-III”

Comments: John Proios (Chicago)

Chair: TBA

12:45-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-15:45 – Session 5

Rupert Sparling (Stanford), “A Reconsideration of Plato’s Function Argument.”

Comments: Jan Szaif (UC Davis)

Chair: Landon Hobbs (Stanford)

16:00-17:45 – Session 6

Sarale Ben Asher (Chicago), “Poetry in Republic 2.”

Comments: Julie Piering (Northern Arizona)

Chair: Brian Reese (Central Florida)

19:00 – Conference Dinner for Participants

Sunday, May 29th (Stanford Main Quad, Building 120, Seminar Room)

8:45-9:00 – Breakfast

9:00-10:45 – Session 7

Natalie Hannan (Rochester), “Truth, Lies, and Doxa in Plato’s Republic”

Comments: Jacob Abolafia (Stanford)

Chair: Christopher Colvin (St. Stephen's)

11:00-12:45 – Session 8

Avshalom Schwartz (Stanford), “Divine Epiphany and Political Authority in Plato’s Republic.”

Comments: Peggy Zhu (Cornell)

Chair: Tristan Mitchell (Villanova)

12:45-14:00 – Lunch + WCPW Business Meeting

14:00-15:45 – Session 9

Grant Bartolomé Dowling (Stanford), “The Apraxia Consequence of the Rep.’s Developmental Account of Psychological Virtue.”

Comments: Carey Seal (UC Davis)

Chair: Gale Justin (California State University-Sacramento)

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