24-29/03/2022 – Now, Exaiphnês, and the Present Moment in Ancient Philosophy

Now, Exaiphnês, and the Present Moment in Ancient Philosophy

RUB (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

I. Part: In Person and hybrid:

24th March 2022: First Day

9.15: Welcome
09:30 – 11:30 First Session: on the Presocratics, chaired by Fabian Ruge
Talk 1: Gottfried Heinemann (Kassel), “Still Another Note on Zeno’s Arrow”
Talk 2: Barbara Sattler (RUB): “The Present as Locus of Experience in Pre-socratic and Pre-philosophical Thinking?”

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 Second Session: on the Presocratics
Talk 3: Celso Vieira (RUB): “Inconsistency and change in Heraclitus”

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 16:00 Third Session: mainly on Plato, chaired by Thomas Seissl
Talk 5: Ondřej Krása (Pardubice): “Time of Being and Becoming in Plato and Aristotle”
Talk 4: Anna Pavani (RUB): “The Platonic notion of nun

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:30 Fourth Session: on Aristotle, chaired by Philipp Steinkrüger
Talk 6: Walter Mesch (Münster): “In search of present time. Which role can it play for Aristotle?”
Talk 7: Ursula Coope (Oxford): “Aristotle on movement and the now”

19:30   Conference Dinner

25th March 2022: Second Day

09:30 – 11:30 Fifth Session: on Psychological Time, chaired by Anna Pavani
Talk 8: Friedemann Drews (Münster): „Zersplitterte und gesammelte Gegenwart bei Augustinus: Das Verhältnis von physikalischer und psychologischer Zeit oder die Bewahrung des Vergänglichen im kontinuierlichen Jetzt der Seele“
Talk 9: Georgia Mouroutsou (Western): “The Plasticity of the present moment in Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations

11:30 – 12: 00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13: 00 Sixth Session: on Aristotle
Talk 10: Niko Strobach (Münster): “Aristotle’s Now as a model for Western Music notation”

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 16:00 Seventh Session: Aristotle and the Aristotelian tradition, chaired by Celso Vieira
Talk 11: Matan Schapiro (Austin), “The ‘Now’ Between Two Approaches to Time in Aristotle’s Physics
Talk 12: Thomas Seissl (Vienna/RUB): “Why does the ‘now’ not figure into Aristotle’s definition of time? Simplicius’ reading of Physics IV.10 and its metaphysical implications”

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:30 Eigth Session: on Damascius, chaired by Jonathan Greig
Talk 13: Spyridon Rangos (Patras): “Damascius’ Interpretation of Exaiphnês in Plato”
Talk 14: Pantelis Golitsis (Thessaloniki): “Damascius’ conception of the present time (ὁ ἐνεστὼς χρόνος) and its relation to the non-flowing now (τὸ ἄρρευστον νῦν)”

II: Part: Online only
Monday, 28th of March: Third Day

First Session: Plato, chaired by Alex Pleshkov
15:00 – 16:00:
Denis Walter (Bonn): “To exaiphnes and to nun in Plato’s Parmenides
Brief Break
Ross Gilmore (Kansas): “On the So-Called Appendix (155e4-157b5) and its Place in the Parmenides
Brief Break

Second Session: Aristotle, chaired by Barbara Sattler
17.20-18.20 Lianghua Glenn Zhou (Michigan): “Aristotle on the Stopping and Starting Problem”
Brief Break
18.30-19.30 Mark Sentesy (Penn State): “Motion, Continuity, and Time”

Tusday, 29th of March: Fourth Day

Third Session: Hellenic Philosophers, chaired by Celso Vieira
15:00 – 16:00:
Walter Cavini (Bologna): “Socrates Doesn’t Die: Diodorus Cronus on the Moment of Change”
Brief Break
Sosseh Assaturian (Austin): “Stoic Indexicals and the Semantics of ‘Now’”
Brief Break
David Roochnik (Boston University): “The Pleasure of Presence: Aristippus’ Ironic Hedonism”
Brief Break

Fourth Session: Platonic Tradition, chaired by Thomas Seissl
Salvatore Lavecchia (Udine): “Exaiphnês as Creative Discontinuity in Plato and Plotinus”

For the Zoom link to the event, see the webpage: https://rubphi.github.io/now/

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