CFP : The Good Life in Ancient Ethics (Groningen)

*Call for Papers Workshop ‘The Good Life in Ancient Ethics’ University of
Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy June 3, 2020 Keynote speaker Katja Vogt
(Columbia) *

Starting with Socrates, Greek and Roman philosophers have extensively
explored the nature of the good life, treating the question of what our
life as a whole should be like not only as the entry point of ethical
reflection but also as an essential part of philosophy as such. Indeed,
much recent scholarship has heightened our awareness of the fact that for
the ancients, philosophy *itself* was meant to inform one’s way of life.

To bring together scholars interested in this subject, we organize a
one-day workshop that will take place on *Wednesday June 3, 2020* at
the* Faculty
of Philosophy *of the* University of Groningen**, the Netherlands*. We
invite submissions of papers addressing issues surrounding *the good life
in ancient ethics*, broadly construed. Possible topics include, but are not
limited to:

– Formal features of the good / *eudaimonia *

– Objectivism/realism versus subjectivism/anti-realism about the good

– Friendship, love, and sex and their role in a good life

– The nature and value of pleasure (and other affections)

– The nature and value of *t**heôria* and other cognitive/rational activity
and their role in a good life

– (Problems with) Hedonism

– *Akrasia *

– Virtue and vice

– Moral psychology

– The possibility and value of self-knowledge

– Philosophy as a way of life

– Modern (e.g. psychological, philosophical, or therapeutic) appropriations
of ancient ethics

*Keynote speaker *

The workshop’s keynote-speaker is professor *Katja Maria Vogt* (Columbia
University), who has published widely in ancient philosophy and whose
latest book—*Desiring the Good: Ancient Proposals and Contemporary
Theory *(Oxford
University Press, 2017)—defends a novel and distinctive approach in ethics
that is inspired by ancient philosophy. Ethics, according to this approach,
starts from one question (‘what is the good for human beings?’) and its
most immediate answer (‘a well-going human life’). Ethics thus conceived is
broader than moral philosophy; it includes a range of topics in psychology
and metaphysics.

*Submission guidelines*

Final papers should be approximately 40 minutes long, leaving 20 minutes of
Q&A/discussion for each paper.

Please prepare your *abstract of about 500–750 words* for blind review and
include a separate document with the title of your paper, your name,
affiliation, career stage and contact details.

Submissions should be sent to by *Sunday
April 12, 2020 *(i.e., before April 13, 2020).

*Event website *

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