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The Oldest Commentary on Plato’s Theaetetus

Event info

  • today from 22/05/2023 to 26/05/2023
  • place Phygital
  • lock_outlineBy invitation
  • Coordination

    Prof. George Boys-Stones, University of Toronto;
    Prof. Dr. Irmgard Männlein-Robert, Tübingen;
    Dr. Anna Motta, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II;
    Prof. Federico M. Petrucci, Torino

The Anonymous Commentary on Plato’s Theaetetus constitutes a unique contribution to how post-Hellenistic Platonists shaped their own philosophical identity in a number of crucial ways. The text contains themes of an epistemological and ethical nature, responding to an intense debate with ‘rival’ schools (Stoicism, Aristotelianism, Scepticism), as well as observations of a technical nature, especially in relation to mathematics. All this culminates in a philosophical work with a structure characteristic of Middle Platonism. Nevertheless, the commentary is still a much under-appreciated work. The aim of this workshop is to bring together an outstanding group of scholars around an Italian-German nucleus of scholars, and to provide the first systematic analysis of the commentary to go from papyrology to philology, from ethics to epistemology and mathematics, thus paving the way for the first complete book devoted to the text, together with a new translation.