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Colloquia

Together with UCLGreek and Latin, and through the generosity of a private donor, UCL Philosophy organises the Keeling Memorial Colloquium on the relation between modern and ancient philosophy.


  • Details of the next Keeling Colloquium are posted here.

Research Collage

Past Colloquia

First Colloquium (1994)

Aristotle and Moral Realism

The first colloquium was arranged by Bob Heinaman, and was held at The Warburg Institute in London.

Wednesday 6 February 1994 to Friday 18 February 1994

Bernard Williams (Berkeley): Acting as the virtuous person acts
Respondent: Rosalind Hursthouse (Open University)

Pierre Aubenque (Paris IV): The twofold natural foundation of justice according to Aristotle
Respondent: Troels Engberg-Pedersen (Copenhagen)

Jonathan Lear (Chicago): Testing the limits: the place of tragedy in Aristotle's ethics
Respondent: Stephen Halliwell (St Andrews)

Sabina Lovibond (Oxford): Aristotelian ethics and the "enlargement of thought"
Respondent: Troels Engberg-Pedersen (Copenhagen)

David Charles (Oxford): Aristotle and modern realism
Respondent: Stephen Everson (York)

John McDowell (Pittsburgh): Eudaimonism and realism in Aristotle's ethics
Respondent: David Wiggins (Oxford)

Second Colloquium (1998)

Whose Aristotle? Whose Aristotelianism?

The second colloquium was arranged by Bob Sharples.

Wednesday 11 November to Saturday 14 November 1998

William Charlton (Hexham, Northumberland): Aquinas on Aristotle on immortality
Respondent: Richard Sorabji (Wolfson College Oxford and King's College London)

Helen S. Lang (Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut): Philoponus' Aristotle: the extension of place
Respondent: Ben Morison (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

Enrico Berti (Padua): Brentano and Aristotle's metaphysics
Respondent: Richard Sorabji (Wolfson College Oxford and King's College London)

Ahmed Hasnawi (Paris): La logique comme analyse: la tradition arabe
Respondent: Ben Morison (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

Jonathan Barnes (Geneva): John Locke and the syllogism
Respondent: François de Gandt (Paris)

Monique Dixsaut (Paris): Y a-t-il un Aristote de Nietzsche?
Respondent: François de Gandt (Paris)

Third Colloquium (1999)

Descartes and Ancient Philosophy (1999)

The third colloquium was arranged by Gerard O'Daly and Martin Stone.

Wednesday 10 November to Saturday 13 November 1999

Gail Fine (Cornell University): Descartes and Ancient Scepticism
Respondent: Christopher Taylor (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin Madison): Knowledge, Volitional Agency and Causation: Cartesian and Aristotelian Intuitions
Respondent: Sarah Patterson (King’s College London)

Daniel Garber (University of Chicago): Descartes and the Archimedean Revival
Respondent: Tom Sorrell (University of Essex)

J-M. Beyssade (University of Paris-Sorbonne): La figure de Sosie chez Plaute et l'ego de Descartes
Respondent: Jan Opsomer (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Stephen Menn (McGill University): The Discourse on the Method and the Tradition of Intellectual Autobiography
Respondent: Vivian Nutton (The Wellcome Institute London)

John Cottingham (Reading University): The Virtues: Classical and Cartesian Virtue
Respondent: Martin Stone (King’s College London)

Fourth Colloquium (2001)

Plato and Aristotle's Ethics (2001)

The fourth colloquium was arranged by Bob Heinaman.

Wednesday 7 November to Friday 9 November 2001

Christopher Taylor (Oxford): Pleasure: Aristotle's Response to Plato
Respondent: Sarah Broadie (St Andrews)

Terry Irwin (Cornell): Glaucon's Challenge: does Aristotle change his mind?
Respondent: Anthony Kenny (Oxford)

Anthony Price (Birkbeck): The Irreducibility of the Ethical in Plato and Aristotle
Respondent: Sarah Broadie (St Andrews)

Roger Crisp (Oxford): Socrates and Aristotle on Happiness and Virtue
Respondent: Christopher Rowe (Durham)

John Cooper (Princeton): Plato and Aristotle on "Finality" and "(Self-)Sufficiency"
Respondent: Anthony Kenny (Oxford)

Richard Kraut (Northwestern): Justice in Plato and Aristotle: Withdrawal versus Engagement
Respondent: Christopher Rowe (Durham)

Fifth Colloquium (2003)

Philosophy and the Sciences in Antiquity (2003)

The fifth colloquium was arranged by Bob Sharples.

Wednesday 5 November to Friday 7 November 2003

André Laks (Université de Lille-Charles de Gaulle III): How does the distinction between philosophy and sciences help us in understanding the beginnings of Greek thought?
Respondent: Anne Sheppard (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Dominic O'Meara (University of Fribourg): The Music of Philosophy in Late Antiquity
Respondent: Anne Sheppard (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Jim Hankinson (University of Texas at Austin): Can One Science Employ the Axioms of Another? Aristotle on 'Kind-Crossing'
Respondent: Lindsay Judson (Christ Church, Oxford)

Jim Lennox (University of Pittsburgh): The Place of Zoology in Aristotle's Natural Philosophy
Respondent: Lindsay Judson (Christ Church, Oxford)

Philip van der Eijk (University of Newcastle): Between Hippocrates and the Alexandrians: Medicine, philosophy and science in the fourth century BCE
Respondent: Manuela Tecusan (Wellcome Trust/UCL)

Geoffrey Lloyd (University of Cambridge): Galen: Philosophy, Mathematics and Medicine
Respondent: Vivian Nutton (Wellcome Trust/UCL)

Sixth Colloquium (2005)

The sixth colloquium was arranged by Bob Heinaman.

Wednesday 8 November to Friday 10 November 2006

Christopher Rowe (Durham): The Eudemian Ethics on Loving Things and People
Respondent: Julia Annas (Arizona)

Jennifer Whiting (Toronto): Friendship
Respondent: M.M. McCabe (King's College London)

M.M. McCabe (King's College London): With Mirrors or Without? Self-perception in Eudemian Ethics VII.12
Respondent: Julia Annas (Arizona)

Friedemann Buddensiek (Würzburg): Does Good Fortune Matter? Eudemian Ethics VIII.2 on eutuchia
Respondent: Sarah Broadie (St Andrews)

Stephen White (University of Texas at Austin): Eudaimonia in the Eudemian Ethics
Respondent: Sarah Broadie (St Andrews)

David Charles (Oxford) Title TBC
Respondent: Jennifer Whiting (Toronto)

Seventh Colloquium (2007)

The seventh colloquium was arranged by Bob Sharples.

Wednesday 7 November to Friday 9 November 2007

Robert Wardy (Cambridge): Moral vision and legislating for the good in Aristotle
Respondent: Peter Adamson (King's College London)

Carlo Natali (Venice): Particular virtues in the NE of Aristotle
Respondent: Terry Irwin (Oxford)

Verity Harte (Yale): What’s a particular, and what makes it so? Some thoughts, mainly about Aristotle
Respondent: Peter Adamson (King's College London)

Christopher Gill (Exeter): Particulars, selves and individuals in Stoic philosophy
Respondent: Angie Hobbs (Warwick)

Marwan Rashed (Paris): Particulars in Alexander of Aphrodisias
Respondent: Peter Adamson (King's College London)

Eighth Colloquium (2009)

The eighth colloquium was arranged by Bob Sharples and Fiona Leigh.

Wednesday 11 November to Friday 13 November 2009

M.M. McCabe (King’s College London): From the cradle to the cave: what happened to self-knowledge in the Republic?
Respondent: Amber Carpenter (York)

Aryeh Kosman (Haverford): Self-knowledge and self-control in the Charmides: the self as object and companion
Respondent: Amber Carpenter (York)

Melissa Lane (Princeton): Weakness of virtue, not will: Plato on self-knowledge and akrasia
Respondent: Miriam Leonard (University College London)

Tad Brennan (Cornell): Reading Plato's Mind
Respondent: Miriam Leonard (University College London)

Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (Paris): Self-perception and perception of one's body in Stoicism
Respondent: John Sellars (University of the West of England, Bristol)

Gwenaëlle Aubry (Paris): An alternative to Cartesianism? Plotinus's theory of the Self and its posterity in Ralph Cudworth
Respondent: Peter Adamson (King's College London)

Ninth Colloquium (2011)

Moral Psychology in Ancient Thought

The ninth colloquium was arranged by Fiona Leigh.

Monday 7 November to Wednesday 9 November 2011

Jessica Moss (Oxford): ‘Bare Urges and Good-Independent Desires: Appetites in Republic IV’
Respondent: M.M. McCabe (King's College London)

Matthew Evans (Michigan): ‘The Blind Desires of Republic IV’
Respondent: M.M. McCabe (King's College London)

Rachel Barney (Toronto): ‘Virtue, Intellectualism, and the Method of Hypothesis’
Respondent: Terry Irwin (Oxford)

James Warren (Cambridge): ‘Memory, Anticipation, Pleasure’
Respondent: Anthony Price (Birkbeck)

Raphael Woolf (King's College London), ‘Courage and Pleasure in Aristotle's Ethics’
Respondent: Sarah Broadie (St. Andrews)

Daniel Russell (Arizona): ‘Two Mistakes about Stoic Ethics’
Respondent: David Sedley (Cambridge)