Invited speakers: Igor Agostini (Università del Salento), James Bryson (University of Cambridge), Mark Burden (University of Bristol), Douglas Hedley (University of Cambridge), Torrance Kirby (McGill University), David Leech (University of Bristol), Marilyn A. Lewis (University of Bristol), Adrian Mihai (University of Cambridge).
Organized by: Bogdan – Antoniu Deznan, Irina Georgescu, Remus Manoila
The concept of participation is one of the most important and enduring strains within European religious and philosophical thinking. Discernable for the first time in the works of Plato, it was later taken up and further developed by the Neo-Platonists and through their influence became a staple of late antique and medieval thought. While it retained its prominence in the Renaissance and the Early Modern period, starting with the eighteenth century the theme of participation gradually lost its philosophical currency. The purpose of the workshop is to examine the various articulations of participation in some of the theological and philosophical writings of the period between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries, especially in the English milieu. It is primarily concerned with highlighting the peculiar features of this theme under its Renaissance and Early Modern guises in connection with epistemological and metaphysical issues. Special attention is also paid to the extent of the Cambridge Platonists’ engagement with this topic and the manner in which figures such as Henry More and Ralph Cudworth appropriated it in their philosophical and theological writings.
This event is envisioned as a three day workshop and will consist of academic papers delivered by invited scholars as well as reading groups organized for the last two days. The masterclass is open to any researchers, from M.A. students to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, up to established scholars.
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09:15–09:30 Welcome address
09:30–10:30 Iovan Drehe (Bucharest), Participation in Plato: A Dialectical Account
10:30–10:45 Coffee break
10:45–11:45 Torrance Kirby (McGill), Meanwhile, at the “other place”: Richard Hooker’s Two Platonisms and the Metaphysics of Divine Participation
11:45–12:00 Coffee break
12:00–13:00 Marilyn Lewis (Bristol), „Think on these Things”: Benjamin Whichcote and Henry Hallywell on Philippians 4:8 as a Guide to Deiformity
13:00–14:00 Lunch break
14:00–16:00 ICUB Lunchtime seminar, Chair: Mihnea Dobre
Douglas Hedley (Cambridge), Devout Contemplation and Sublime Fancy: the Cambridge Platonists and their Philosophical Legacy
16:00–16:30 Coffee break
16:30–17:30 Mark Burden (Bristol), Cudworth Revised: The Composition and Re-composition of the „Freewill Manuscripts” (British Library Add. MSS 4978-4982)
10:00–11:00 David Leech (Bristol), Love and Free Will in Henry More
11:00–11:30 Coffee break
11:30–13:30 Reading group: Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie, Book 1 – Torrance Kirby
13:30–14:30 Lunch break
14:30–15:30 James Bryson (Cambridge), Love as Participation in Henry More’s Enchiridion Ethicum
15:30–16:00 Coffee break
16:00–18:00 Reading Group: Henry Hallywell, The Excellency of Moral Vertue – Marilyn Lewis
9:00–10:00 Igor Agostini (Salento), The Last Development of Henry More’s Doctrine of Spiritual Extension: from the Enchiridium Metaphysicum to the Scholia
10:00–10:30 Coffee break
10:30–12:30 Reading group: The John Norris-Henry More Correspondence – James Bryson, Douglas Hedley, David Leech
12:30–13:30 Lunch break
13:30–14:30 Adrian Mihai (Cambridge), „The Chief Heads of Arguments to Disprove a Deity”. Ralph Cudworth’s Atheistic Objections
14:30–14:45 Coffee break
14:45–15:45 Douglas Hedley (Cambridge), The Secret of Nature and the World Soul: from the Cambridge Platonists to Romanticism
15:45–16:00 Coffee break
16:00–18:00 Reading group: Ralph Cudworth. Epistemological Considerations on the Maxim: „Ex nihilo nihil fit”– Adrian Mihai