CONF: Teleology in the Ancient World

TELEOLOGY IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
The Dispensation of Nature

Venue: The University of Exeter, 8-11 July, 2009
Organisers: Dr. Julius Rocca and Prof. Christopher Gill

An international conference which will discuss the ways teleological arguments were used in medicine and philosophy in antiquity, and how these arguments have continued to inform and influence current debate on evolution, creationism, and intelligent design. As well as examining philosophical contributions to the subject, especially Platonic and Aristotelian, a special aim of the conference is to show how ancient medical thinking on this topic relates to ancient philosophical ideas. Examining teleological methodologies in ancient medical thought from Hippocrates to Galen will offer a critical evaluation on the place of teleology within medical science, its cultural contexts, its account of human development, and teleological responses to competing explanatory theories of human structure and function.

Keynote speaker, Professor David Sedley, University of Cambridge: “Socrates’ place in the history of teleology.”

Other speakers: Elizabeth Craik, University of St. Andrews; John Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin; Rebecca Flemming, University of Cambridge; R. J. Hankinson, The University of Texas at Austin; M.R. Johnson, University of California, San Diego; Mariska Leunissen, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Staffan Müller-Wille, University of Exeter: Jan Opsomer, University of Cologne; Mark Schiefsky, Harvard University; Samuel Scolnicov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; R.W. Sharples, University College London; Harold Tarrant, University of Newcastle, Australia; Philip van der Eijk, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Accommodation in en-suite rooms in the University’s newest hall of residence overlooking the Exe valley and near the main conference venue: accommodation and all meals during conference: £240; conference fee £30 (£15 for students); daily rates also available.
Bookings, with accommodation: by April 5 2009
Without accommodation: by June 14 2009.
For booking form, contact Prof. C. J. Gill
Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter,
Amory Building, Rennes Drive,
Exeter, EX4 4RJ, UK
C.J.Gill AT exeter.ac.uk

With financial support from the British Academy, the Classical Association, the Hellenic Society, the Leverhulme Trust, the Wellcome Trust, and the University of Exeter.

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