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The Limits of Nature 
in Hellenistic and Roman Thought

International Workshop

17-18 May 2024

University of Crete



   Venue: School of Philosophy, Conference Room, Gallos 74100, Rethymnon


Friday, 17/05/2024

09.00-09.15 Opening Remarks


      Chair: Konstantinos Spanoudakis (University of Crete)

09.15-10.15 Philipp Brüllmann (University of Heidelberg)

         What are the limits of the limits of nature? Stoic ethics meets the Euthyphro Dilemma

10.15-11.15 Georgia Tsouni (University of Crete)

         The limits of pleasure and technological progress in Lucretius

11.15-11.45 Coffee Break

         Chair: Irini-Fotini Viltanioti (University of Crete)

11.45-12.45 Gretchen Reydams-Schils (Notre Dame University)

         The Stoic position in Philo of Alexandria’s ‘On the Indestructibility of the World’

13.00-15.00 Lunch

         Chair: Zacharoula Petraki (University of Crete)

15.15-16.15 Attila Németh (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy)

         The Epicurean notion of time as limit

16.15-17.15 Simon Shogry (University of Oxford)

         Chrysippus on the nature of harm


         Saturday, 18/05/2024


         Chair: Chloe Balla (University of Crete)

09.00-10.00 Jula Wildberger (American University of Paris)

         Human nature or every human’s particular nature -what difference does it make for Stoic ethics?

10.00-11.00 Stefan Röttig (University of Würzburg)

         Natural limits and moral character traits. Seneca’s understanding of the telos


11.00-11.30 Coffee Break


         Chair: Stelios Panagiotakis (University of Crete)


11.30-12.30 Gernot Michael Müller (University of Bonn)

         Nature, agriculture and Roman self-image in Varro’s De Re Rustica

12.30-13.30 Bram Demulder (Leiden University)        

          Living according to which nature? Plutarch on Platonic, Epicurean, and Stoic physis

13.30-13.45 Closing Remarks

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Organised by:

Georgia Tsouni

(Department of Philology, Division of Classical Studies,University of Crete)


Attila Németh

(HAS, Budapest)

Funded by:

University of Crete

Special Account for Research Funds (Research Project Nr. 11256)

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