Graduate Students and De Philosophia Graduate Conference

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Current executive (2012-13):

President: Alex Liepins
Vice-President: Hermann Kuitche
Treasurer: Jared Babin
Secretary: Joe Goski
Archivist: Marco Nehmé

The GPS hosts the De Philosophia annual Graduate Student Conference at the University of Ottawa.  Abstracts for this year’s conference can be sent to


Call for Abstracts

Contemporary Dialogues with Ancient Thought
10th Annual De Philosophia Graduate Student Conference
University of Ottawa
Saturday, 5 April, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Francisco Gonzalez, University of Ottawa 

Throughout the 20th century and continuing into the 21st, many thinkers have sought and are still seeking to articulate new concepts by comparison and/or contrast with older ones from the history of philosophy. Sometimes, this means new concepts emerge out of historical engagements – critical or otherwise – with older ones, and in such cases the latter serve to clarify and/or contextualize the former. Sometimes, however, new concepts can themselves change our way of looking at previous ideas altogether. And sometimes – as is often the case when one of the concepts is an ancient one – the dialogue between new and old ideas has the capacity to alter our understanding of both, reciprocally./


In light of this fascinating rapport between the new and the old, the conference organizers and the Graduate Philosophy Student Association at the University of Ottawa invite submissions relating to any aspect of the contemporary engagement with ancient Greek philosophy. We are particularly interested in papers that seek to interrogate both how an ancient concept can affect our understanding of a contemporary one to which it has been related, and how a contemporary concept can in turn affect our understanding of its ancient counterpart. Taking the terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘ancient’ in their broadest senses, our main objective in this conference is to open up a space in which to question the current relationship(s) between philosophy and its own historical beginnings. Accordingly, ‘contemporary’ can refer to any thinker from the late 19th century onward, in any philosophical tradition whatsoever (analytic, continental, etc.), and ‘ancient’ to any thinker from the Hellenic, Hellenistic or Neoplatonic periods. Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to, the following:

  • Alain Badiou’s rehabilitation of Plato’s political philosophy
  • Graham Harmann’s return to Aristotle’s ‘object-oriented’ ontology
  • Ernst Cassirer’s treatment of Aristotle in Substance and Function
  • Gilles Deleuze and the Stoics
  • C.S. Peirce and ancient (i.e. Stoic, Epicurean) semiotic theories
  • Gilbert Ryle on Plato
  • P.F. Strawson on Aristotle
  • Michel Foucault’s Socratism
  • Friedrich Nietzsche on Socrates and/or Plato
  • Hannah Arendt on Plato and/or Aristotle
  • Generally, any historical engagement between a 20th century hermeneutic and/or deconstructive philosopher (e.g. Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Paul Ricoeur, Jacques Derrida etc.) and an ancient philosopher (Plato, Aristotle, Parmenides, Heraclitus, Plotinus etc.)
  • Any recent rehabilitation of the ancient Sophists and/or critique thereof (as in e.g. Barbara Cassin, Stanley Cavell etc.)

- French and English submissions are welcome. 
- Abstracts should be no longer than 350 words, prepared for blind review in .DOC or .PDF format.
- In a separate document, authors must include their name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address and the title of their submission. Successful applicants must provide their completed essays (12-15 double-spaced pages for a 25-30 minute presentation) no later than 15 March, 2014. 
Deadline for Abstracts: 1 February, 2014. Please send abstracts/inquiries

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