A Forum for and the Background of the Mediation of Dialogue in Ancient and Modern Academies

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Phaedo at Harvard

Let me begin with the end of the Phaedo conference at Harvard (Oct. 30-31, 2015): I cannot remember when I had so much fun with philosophers after a conference, at our "round-table discussion" (this not at Harvard, but in a very pretty location in Cambridge). The result of this conference - as I see it: one of the best I have attended so far - has been a unanimous: "Let's re-read the Phaedo", which provides clear evidence that it was a very good conference. So I am happy to say that I will give the details about the next Phaedo event in due time. The motto is: "reading Plato again, and again and anew", or: "...lovingly critically and critically lovingly".

T(he rest of t)he content must wait a bit... 

...for, the times in London Ontario are very beautifully busy, with a lively ancient philosophy circle, students with "alive and kicking" minds, and progress in the expansion of a current project "Marcus Aurelius and cognitive behavioural cure of affective disorders", with respective presentations at our College and most valuable input and feedback from the side of clinical psychologists (our expert in CBT and depression, David Dozois), as well as a coming conference on Catherine Malabou's very inspiring work, organised by our Steve Lofts and Tony Calcagno. I could not be happier in the present moment, or, to avoid comparatives, and with all due respect to and sincere disagreement with Epicurus: I am happy in the present moment, full stop, and no calculation is thereby involved. So be it. Still cycling in London. Autumn refuses to say good-bye. Take your time, if you please.

The Emerson Hall, which accommodates the Faculty of Philosophy, at Harvard University.


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