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International Symposion in Hvar, Croatia, October 9-13, 2006

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  • marieelisezovko
    Dear Members, I direct a research project entitled Plato and Platonism in the European Philosophical Tradition at the Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb,
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      Dear Members,

      I direct a research project entitled "Plato and Platonism in the
      European Philosophical Tradition" at the Institute of Philosophy,
      Zagreb, Croatia. My biographical details, as well as a short
      description of our institute and the research projects it conducts
      are available at our website at: http://www.ifzg.hr/.

      The Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb is organizing an international
      symposion on "Plato and Forms of Intelligence" in Hvar, Croatia from
      October 9-13, 2006. The Call for Papers is enclosed below. I would
      be grateful,if you would convey this information to any colleagues
      who might be interested in participating. For additional information
      please feel free to contact me directly.

      Thank you for your interest.

      Sincerely,

      Marie-Elise Zovko


      Call for Papers

      International Symposion of the Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb
      in Hvar, Croatia. October 9-13, 2006

      Platonism and Forms of Intelligence / Le platonisme et les formes
      d'intelligence / Platonismus und Formen der Intelligenz / Il
      platonismo e le forme dell'intelligenza

      What forms does intelligence take? How does it enable us to know, to
      feel and to act? The Platonic doctrine of ideas or forms has its
      roots in a comprehensive understanding of the activity of human
      intelligence, of its ability to access and utilize the contents of
      experience in order to establish a coherent view of reality, direct
      our decisions and behaviour and inspire our creative productivity.
      From its inception in the presocratic paradigmata of Platonic
      thought to its modern representatives in rationalist and idealist
      philosophy, Platonism and those thinkers closely associated with
      Platonism – among them, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Nicolas
      Cusanus,Spinoza, Schelling, Hegel and Franz von Baader – have
      differentiated levels and types of human intelligence: receptive
      and (re-)productive or spontaneous, intentional and conceptual,
      argumentative or discursive and intuitive or analogical –
      recognizing the distinct importance of each and the proportionality
      expressed by their interconnections, their intercommunication and
      their mutual cooperation.

      For Plato and the Platonists, epistemology is not separate from
      ontology, knowledge from reality, because cognition itself is
      recognized as the most essential aspect of reality. At the same
      time, for Platonism, intelligence represents the unique means by
      which we approach and attain to reality, both the reality which
      intelligence itself is and that to which it refers. In
      distinguishing various levels of cognition and their specific modes
      of (co-)operation and intercommunication, Platonist philosophy thus
      recognizes and differentiates an inherent diversity in the quality
      and content of experience, i.e. specific aspects of reality
      corresponding to each aspect of intelligence and specific ways in
      which we approach and utilize the different aspects of reality which
      each individually and all in their entirety convey.

      The Platonic theory of intelligence played a determining role in the
      development of scientific method (by defining the role of hypothesis
      and experiment in the investigation of phenomena; by differentiating
      between observation and explanation, deduction and argument, reasons
      and causes). In their reflections on the relationship of
      intelligence and its objects, Platonist philosophers also anticipate
      many of the most significant theoretical advances of modern
      scientific theory (for example, the theory of relativity and the
      principle of indeterminacy). Platonist views on intelligence can be
      shown, furthermore, to have had a marked influence on Kant and a
      number of other ostensible counterexamples to Platonic philosophy,
      providing a unique opportunity to more fully comprehend the genuine
      import of those systems of thought. Not only in a methodological or
      historical sense, however, do Platonic views on intelligence prove
      relevant to current research. Fundamental research in the physical
      and life sciences tends to confirm the Platonic "analogy of
      intelligence", i.e. the heuristic and paradigmatic role of something
      like human intelligence for an understanding of the genesis and
      structure of the universe as well as of the emergence and
      organisation of the individual beings which comprise it. Finally,
      recent investigation into the role certain types of intelligence
      play in artistic production and art appreciation provides its own
      form of experimental evidence for the Platonist view of the
      interconnectivity and intercommunication of gradual and hierarchical
      levels of intelligence.

      The international symposion Forms of Intelligence in Platonism
      invites participants to contribute to the discussion of this topic
      papers devoted to some aspect of the investigation of human
      intelligence as related to Platonist philosophy, i.e. of the forms
      of intelligent activity, its expressions, its objects and its
      products, as developed in the works of Plato or one of the later
      representatives of Platonist philosophy, and with respect to some
      aspect of the analogy of intelligence writ large, that is, as
      discoverable in the methodology or results of scientific research on
      cognitive or natural processes, or in the products of human
      creativity and the manner of their production. The topic of the
      symposion has been thus broadly formulated with the intention of
      providing a conceptual framework for future discussions/symposia in
      this area of research. The specific emphasis of this year's
      symposion will be determined pursuant to the review of individual
      submissions, but may include papers from any of the thematic areas
      named below.

      Papers/abstracts of proposed papers may be submitted dealing with
      any of the following thematic clusters. Each cluster represents a
      suggested emphasis or area of discussion falling within the scope of
      the main topic of the symposion. The specific topic and specific
      philosophers dealt with in individual papers will depend on the
      particular interests of the contributors.

      I. Logos and Phenomena: Observation, Explanation and
      Identifiable Aspects of Intelligence in Platonism and in the
      Methodology of the Experimental Sciences

      II. Soma, Psyche, Nous: Platonism on Intelligence, Life and the
      Organisation of Living Things (The Mind-Body Problem and Emergent
      Forms of Intelligence According to Platonism/the Life Sciences)

      III. Noesis and Energia: Intelligence and the Conceivability of
      the Workings of the Universe (Contemporary Physical Theory and
      Platonist Philosophy)

      IV. Aitia, Epistemes and Dynamis Panton: Intuition, Analogy,
      Paradox and the Intelligibility of Concepts of God According to
      Platonism

      V. Logos and Poietika: Intelligence, Creativity and the
      Products of Creativity (Platonism and Recent Work in the Area of
      Aesthetics/Cognitive Processes)

      The organisational committee will determine the selection of invited
      papers; the definitive program of the symposion will be determined
      on the basis of that selection.

      Interested scholars are asked to submit completed papers and/or an
      abstract of a proposed paper consisting of no more than 200 words,
      together the following information, by October 1, 2005:

      1. author's name and institutional affiliation (if any)
      2. mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number
      3. short bibliography of publications relevant to the topic
      (books or articles in international journals)

      The organisational committee will review all submissions and
      determine a selection of invited speakers. Notification of the
      selection of invited speakers will be sent no later than December
      15, 2005. The finalized program along with the schedule of lectures
      and discussions will be sent to all participants by January 30,
      2006. Meals and accommodation (4 x single room) as well as a
      percentage of travel costs (to be determined by need and/or on the
      basis of funds/travel stipends able to be provided by the
      participant's own institution or other foundations in the speaker's
      home country) for invited speakers will be paid by the organizing
      committee, i.e. the Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb and its
      sponsors. Other interested parties may register to participate in
      the symposium for a fee of 100-120 Euros, which covers participation
      in coffees, evening meals and the excursion. Except for invited
      speakers, the cost for accommodation and meals is to be born by the
      participant. Room reservations for participants not holding papers
      may be made through the organizing committee or by contacting the
      tourist information board of the City of Hvar, Croatia.

      Invited papers will be published as by the Institute of Philosophy,
      Zagreb as the Proceedings of the International Symposion Forms of
      Intelligence. The Organizing Committee requests that all
      manuscripts/abstracts be mailed or faxed to:

      Dr. Marie-Élise Zovko
      Institute of Philosophy
      Ulica grada Vukovara 54
      HR-10 000 Zagreb
      Croatia
      e-mail: marie-elise.zovko@...
      Fax: ++385 /1 / 6150 338

      Contributions may be in English, German, French, Italian or
      Croatian. For papers in Croatian, simultaneous translation into
      English will be provided for by the contributor.

      Tentative Program:

      October 9, 2006 afternoon, evening: arrival in Hvar via Split;
      informal reception in Hotel Adriatic (Accomodation in Hotel
      Adriatic, A category)

      October 10, 2006

      8:00 first lecture and discussion

      9:00 second lecture and discussion

      10:00 coffee break

      10:30 third lecture and discussion

      11:30 fourth lecture and discussion

      13:00 lunch

      afternoon free

      16:00 tour of historic Hvar Arsenal and Theatre, one of oldest
      preserved enclosed theatres in Europe

      17:00 evening lecture

      18:00 discussion forum

      19:30 dinner

      October 11, 2006

      8:00 first lecture and discussion

      9:00 second lecture and discussion

      10:00 coffee break

      10:30 third lecture and discussion

      11:30 fourth lecture and discussion

      13:00 lunch

      afternoon free

      16:00 the Bell Towers of Hvar: historic tour of Franciscan monastery
      and Church, together with its museum

      17:00 evening lecture, museum/former refectory of Franciscan
      monastery

      18:00 discussion forum (selected topic)

      19:00 dinner

      21:00 concert/theater (according to city of Hvar offering)

      October 12, 2006

      8:00 first lecture and discussion

      9:00 second lecture and discussion

      10:00 coffee break

      10:30 third lecture and discussion

      11:30 fourth lecture and discussion

      13:00 lunch

      afternoon free

      16:00 tour of Cathedral of St. Stephen's, Hvar and Museum; summer
      residence of Hanibal Luèiæ; Palace of Peter Hektoroviæ


      17:00 evening lecture

      18:00 discussion forum (selected topic)

      October 13, 2006

      Excursion to Stari Grad/Humac/Grapèeva Caves

      Theme: "The Way Up and the Way Back are the Same: The Ascent of
      Cognition in Plato's Analogies of the Line and Cave and the Forms
      Intelligence Takes"

      Schedule:
      9:00 departure from Hvar with bus and tour guide, agency Pelegrin,
      Hvar

      Visit to Stari Grad, guided tour of the villa of Petar Hektorovic
      (Croatian poet, nobleman, connaisseur of Latin language and
      classical literature; wrote his Ribanje i ribarsko prigovaranje, the
      first realistic epic poem of Croatian Renaissance literature, in
      1568. It provides four folk tunes accompanied with musical notation.
      English translation by Edward Dennis Goy: Fishing and fishermans'
      conversation.)

      ca: 10:30 departure for Village Humac, lunch in Humac, walk to the
      Grapèeva caves, guided tour of caves

      return to Hvar around 20.00
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