Spring Course 2020 – Through the Lens of Plato: History of Philosophy as History of Platonism

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Radboud Univeristy Nijmegen invite PhD students and ReMa students in philosophy to register for the Spring course “Through the Lens of Plato: History of Philosophy as History of Platonism” to take place in on June 4 and 5, 2020.

Organizing university

Radboud University, Nijmegen

Date(s)

4 and 5 June 2020

Location

Radboud University Campus, Nijmegen

Type of activity

2-day course

Type of activity

For this activity PhD students and ReMa students can – after successful completion – earn a certificate. However, the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university. More information. The study load for this activity is as follows: 1 - 2,5 EC

Primary target group

PhD students and ReMa students in philosophy

Application/registration deadline

15 April 2020

About the topic

The guiding research question of this course is whether, and to what extent, the history of Western philosophy can be read as “a series of footnotes to Plato” (Whitehead). During the course, we will explore various forms of Platonism that have defined the evolution of Western philosophy from antiquity to the present. We will pay particular attention to both the transformations the reception of Plato underwent over the centuries and the various usages of the label “Platonism” in different philosophical fields, such as metaphysics, political philosophy, epistemology, and logic.

Aim / objective

At the end of this course, you will able to understand and contextualize various conceptions of Platonism. You will also gain insight into the methodological issues concerning the use of the label “Platonism.”

Program

Thursday 4 June

10:00-12:00     Erasmus Building, room 3.29

Marije Martijn (Amsterdam), Solid Platonism: Ancient and Medieval Varieties of Platonic Mathematisation

12:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-16:00     Erasmus Building, room 15.39-41    

Stefano Di Bella (Milano), Leibniz’s Reading of Plato’s Dialogues

18:00 Dinner

 

Friday 5 June

10:00-12:00     Erasmus Building, room 15.39-41

Antonio Cimino (Nijmegen), Plato and Biopolitics

12:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-16:00     Erasmus Building, room 15.39-41

Mary Leng (York), Platonism vs Anti-Platonism in Mathematics: Why Should Philosophers of Science Worry?

16:30-18:00 Drinks

Certificate / credit points

For this course PhD students and ReMa students can earn a certificate after successful completion. Please note, however, that the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university. For more info please see https://www.ozsw.nl/request-certificate/.
The study load for this activity is specified as follows:
1. Attending the course and writing a short paper (3,000 words, excluding bibliography) after the course (submission deadline: 1 August 2020): 2,5 EC. Papers are not graded but assessed by the OZSW section committee History of Philosophy as follows: sufficient or insufficient.
2. Simple attendance, including preparation by reading the assigned literature and participation in the discussions: 1 EC.

Costs

The course is free for Research Master students in philosophy at a Dutch university and PhD students who are members of the OZSW.

Other participants pay a fee of € 250.

How to apply / register

You can register here.

Organizers

The course is organized by the OZSW section committee History of Philosophy. Local coordinator and contact person: Dr. Antonio Cimino (a.cimino@ftr.ru.nl), Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Contact info

For questions regarding the content of the course, please contact Antonio Cimino (a.cimino@ftr.ru.nl). Please contact the OZSW secretariat for any practical inquiries (secretariaat@ozsw.nl).