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Workshop on Free Will, Metaphysics, and Science: 2014 Annual Spring Symposium

Workshop on Epicureanism: 2015 Annual Spring Symposium
Saturday, March 14th, 2015
University of Tennessee

Epicurus and his followers produced a bold, systematic philosophical position that combined a radically empiricist methodology, atomistic materialism, anti-teleology, and hedonism.  On each of these points, they stand in stark contrast to most other ancient philosophers (e.g. Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics).  Thus, they provide an especially important touchstone for understanding ancient philosophy as a whole, and how widely-shared commitments such as ethical eudaimonism could be developed in radically different directions.

Papers will be presented by David Sedley (Cambridge), Voula Tsouna (UC Santa Barbara), Eric Brown (Washington University) and Clerk Shaw (Tennessee).  Tim O'Keefe (Georgia State) will serve as commentator-at-large.  At least some papers will address the relationships among the three main parts of Epicurean philosophy (canonic, physics, and ethics).

There will be two sessions in the morning and two more in the afternoon, followed by an evening reception.  All are welcome!

For further information, please contact Clerk Shaw,, or 865 974 3255.