Pleasure and Pain in Ancient Philosophy

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: christian.kietzmann@fau.de
Deadline: 15.01.2020
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Ort: Erlangen
Datum: 17.03.2020
Uhrzeit: 10:00 Uhr
Ende: 18.03.2020 16:00
Veranstaltende Institution: Department of Philosophy, FAU Erlangen / GANPH

The 15th workshop of the Ganph Research Group in Practical Philosophy sets out to understand and assess the plausibility and philosophical interest of ancient conceptions of pleasure. It will deal, on the one hand, with questions concerning the nature of pleasure and pain: Do they always (and exclusively) arise in connection with episodes of perception? Are pleasure and pain complementary phenomena (i.e. is it the case that the absence of pain comes down to pleasure and the absence of pleasure in turn to pain)? Or is there a third state, which is neutral between pleasure and pain? How is pleasure related to perceptual desire or appetite (epithymia)? And how are these in turn related to thought, that is the exercise of the rational soul part? On the other hand, a number of questions arise with respect to the normative role of pleasure: Is pleasure constitutive of a good life or is it an unessential component thereof? Ought we to pursue pleasure and avert pain or rather to free ourselves from both as far as possible?


Abstracts (around 500 words in length) should be submitted by 15.01.2020 as a PDF-file (in either German or English) to christian.kietzmann@fau.de The abstract selection will be completed by 15.02.2020. A notification of acceptance will be sent out in due course. Reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses is subject to budget availability.


Invited speakers:

Prof. em. Dr. Dorothea Frede (Universität Hamburg)

Prof. Dr. Christof Rapp (LMU München)

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