18-19 avril 2020 // New Trends in the Study of Eleatism (St-Andrews)

New Trends in the Study of Eleatism


Date: Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 April 2020.

Venue: Swallowgate, School of Classics, University of St Andrews, KY16 9AL.

All welcome. To register please send an email to classcon@st-andrews.ac.uk. Registration closes 15 March 2020



Saturday, April 18th:

9.15: Welcome

9.30: Jaap Mansfeld (Utrecht): “Two worlds and their intermediates in Parmenides”.

10.20: Coffee

10.40: Arnaud Macé (Franche-Comté): “Cosmology and cosmogony in Parmenides’ poem”

11.30: Emese Mogyoródi (University of Szeged) ‘Immateriality and the feminine in Parmenides’

12.20: Lunch

2.00: Lea Cantor (Oxford): “Parmenides and the Centred View”

2.50: Simon Trépanier (Edinburgh) ‘Parmenides’ challenge: rejecting or bracketing off of sense-perception?’

3.40: Coffee

4.00: Alex Long (St Andrews) ‘Understanding, decision and belief in Parmenides’

4.50: David Sedley (Cambridge): “Parmenides and names”


Sunday, April 19th:

9.30: Richard McKirahan: “An Aristotelianizing Parmenides”

10.20: Coffee

10.40: Massimo Pulpito (Taranto): “The anti-Parmenideanism of Melissus”

11.30: Barbara Sattler (St Andrews/Bochum) ‘Zeno’s method and its Parmenidean origin’

12.20: Lunch

2.00: Mathilde Brémond (Clermont Auvergne): „Antilogic arguments by the Eleatics”

2.50: Jenny Bryan (Manchester) ‘The epistemological reception of Parmenides in Empedocles’

3.40: Coffee

4.00: Ben Harriman (Edinburgh): “Posidonius on Parmenides on Perception”

4.50: Gabor Betegh (Cambridge): “The origins of the concept of body: Parmenides, Melissus and Democritus”


The last 20 years have seen the development of a host of innovative and philosophically sophisticated approaches to the Eleatics and their influence. There have been new major works on the long neglected work by Melissus, new reconstructions of Zeno’s paradoxes, and challenges to the view that Parmenides and the two other Eleatics formed a single ‘school’. Recent work has also shown how Melissus and Parmenides developed the inquiries of earlier philosophers, such as the materialistic Ionian philosophers, and how their role in the development of post-Eleatic philosophy was, in important respects, constructive. This conference will bring together leading specialists in early philosophy as well as junior scholars in the field. It aims to build on the new interpretations of this early and pivotal period of philosophy and to see whether we can develop a new coherent picture of each of the three Eleatics. A further aim is to measure and evaluate the influence of contemporary philosophical and scientific thought (in its endorsement of atomism and objection to all forms of monism) in the new interpretative trends outlined above.

The conference is co-funded by the Mind Association, the Scots Philosophical Association, and the Schools of Classics and Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies at the University of St Andrews.

Co-organizers: Alex Long (agl10@st-andrews.ac.uk) and Barbara Sattler (bs21@st-andrews.ac.uk)

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