On the 27-28th March, the Faculty of Classics will be hosting its fifth annual graduate conference in Ancient Philosophy.
The theme of this year’s conference will be War and Strife in Ancient Philosophy. This was a central important topic for ancient philosophy (unsurprising, when you think of all the war that was going on back then), most obviously for political philosophy: even if you’re building an ideal city, you need to guard it against external and internal foes. But it’s also frequently used to illuminate more theoretical parts of philosophy: for Heraclitus, War is ‘father and king of all’; for Empedocles, Strife is one of the fundamental cosmic principles. We want to approach this topic from both of these angles: how ancient philosophy thought about war as a topic in its own right, and how it used martial metaphors to illuminate other areas of philosophy.
The conference will be held in Cambridge, on March 27th-28th 2015. For more information, plus Call for Papers, please see our website.