Fw: CFP: Plato and Hesiod Conference
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Subject: CFP: Plato and Hesiod Conference
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> Subject: Plato and Hesiod Conference
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> CALL FOR PAPERS
> Plato and Hesiod
> International Conference
> University of Durham, 25-7 July 2006
> Organisers: George Boys-Stones, Johannes Haubold
> Invited speakers include: Andrea Capra (Milan), Dimitri El Murr (Paris),
> Barbara Graziosi (Durham), Helen van Noorden (Cambridge), John Palmer
> (Gainesville FL), Christopher Rowe (Durham) and David Sedley
> Despite sounding the war-cry for the 'battle between poetry and
> philosophy', it is widely recognised that Plato has a much more
> complicated relationship with the poetic tradition. He is, of course,
> keen to distance philosophy from Sophistic pedagogy, to which the study
> of poetry was characteristically central; but at the same time he makes
> it clear that his own work grows out of the work of his predecessors,
> and is perhaps meant to be validated by his reception of it. Even
> Plato's rejection of Homeric texts as appropriate for philosophical
> instruction (Ion, Republic) needs to be read against his own
> appropriation of Homer in passages such as (for example) the opening
> sequence of the Protagoras with its invocation of the Nekuia.
> But Homer was not the only poet with whom Plato engaged, and in this
> conference we aim to help widen the perspective on the issue by looking
> at Hesiod's presence in Plato's works. The reason for our interest in
> Hesiod in particular is not just that, as the second poet of Greece, he
> is the natural place to start thinking more broadly about Plato's
> interaction with poets and poetry. It is also because, while Homer
> dominated the curriculum as an object of study, Hesiod was himself more
> obviously part of the didactic tradition against which Plato's works
> would inevitably be read. So, while Hesiod is expelled along with Homer
> from Plato's ideal state for his depiction of the gods, the Works and
> Days nevertheless forms an important part of the background to Plato's
> account of justice and polity in the Republic-and even provides the
> basis for the 'noble fiction' at the root of its new mythology.
> Likewise, the Theogony and the Catalogue of Women are variously invoked
> by the cosmogony and anthropology of the Timaeus (the former notoriously
> described by Timaeus himself as a 'myth'). By focusing on Plato's
> engagement with Hesiod in these and other dialogues we are not only
> hoping to understand better some central aspects of Platonic philosophy
> but also to throw fresh light on the reception of Hesiod in the period
> between the consolidation of the archaic canon and the advent of
> Hellenistic poetry.
> The topic we propose necessarily calls for an interdisciplinary
> approach, and the conference will bring together specialists in Greek
> literature, religion, education, and philosophy.
> We invite papers that address the following issues:
> 1. What is the extent and distribution of Plato's overt and implicit
> allusion to Hesiod? Who is Plato's Hesiod? (What does he believe of
> Hesiod's output, biography and purpose in writing?)
> 2. How does Plato's view of Hesiod compare with the views of relevant
> contemporaries and predecessors? To what extent does Hesiod provide the
> occasion for debate with other thinkers who appeal to his texts (e.g.
> the Sophists)?
> 3. What can we learn from Plato's use of Hesiod about his view of
> 'philosophy' vis-à-vis competing intellectual / didactic traditions?
> 4. What impact does the status held by Hesiodic 'myth' as the common
> intellectual property of Greek society have on the way in which Plato
> constructs his own works?
> 5. To what extent is Hesiod the implicit or explicit reference-point
> thought about specific 'social' issues: justice, politics, religion?
> 6. What implications does the identification of Hesiodic intertexts
> for the interpretation of Platonic passages or dialogues in particular
> Proposals for 30-minute papers should be sent to:
> Johannes Haubold, Department of Classics and Ancient History,
> University of Durham, 38 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3EU
> The closing date for the submission of proposals is 1 September 2005.
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> Stephen Clark
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> University of Liverpool
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