Early Greek Philosophy and the Study of Life - Claudia Zatta

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Subject Fields: 
Classical Studies, Philosophy, Intellectual History, Humanities, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Dear philosophers and classicists, 

Applications are open for our Fall Webinar 2021: 

Early Greek Philosophy and the Study of Life
The study of life began and developed with the Presocratic philosophers, who were active in Asia Minor and southern Italy between the 6th and 5th centuries BC and included, among others, Anaximander, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, Diogenes of Apollonia, and Democritus. Through a discussion of the relevant texts— fragments and testimonies— this seminar will explore how the Presocratics explained a plurality of living phenomena, from the emergence of the first forms of life, the prōta zōa, and the inception of sexual reproduction, to the processes of nutrition and respiration, and then the mechanisms of sensation and thought. How did life begin and how could it be reproduced? How did human beings, animals, and plants sense the world? What kind of awareness did they possess? A fascinating and surprisingly modern paradigm will emerge: an early belief in the continuity among all forms of life—humans, animals, and plants—in an interconnected, omni-coherent and omni-inclusive world.

Coordinator: Claudia Zatta (czatta1@gmail.com)

Claudia Zatta (PhD in Classics, Johns Hopkins University) is the author of Interconnectedness. The Living World of the Early Greek Philosophers (2019, second revised edition) and of numerous essays, which have appeared in journals and collected volumes in Europe and the United States. Her new book titled Aristotle and the Animals. The Logos of Life Itself is forthcoming with Routledge (UK) in Fall 2021. Her research interests include ancient Greek philosophy and science, ancient Greek literature, Ovid, and classical myths.

Duration: 4 weeks (8 hours)

Meetings: Saturdays, 18.30 – 20.30 (Athens time) (4 sessions: 13/11, 20/11, 4/12, 11/12)

Place: Online (MS Teams)

Deadline for Applications: 10 November 2021

Webinar Fee: 50 EUROS

Further Details: https://ipt.gr/webinars/presocratics/study-of-life/

Registration: https://forms.gle/y5p5kVBurxenpeSu8 

Places are limited. 

A certificate of attendance will be provided to all registered participants

For further information please contact: info@ipt.gr 

Giannis Stamatellos, PhD 
Institute of Philosophy & Technology

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