Platonism, Neoplatonism, and American Thought
Nashville, May 1999
CALL FOR PAPERS International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Conference Platonism, Neoplatonism and American Thought Vanderbilt University May 20-24, 1999 Send abstracts 200-300 words to: J. Bregman, Dept. of History, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5774, USA. E-mail: Bregman@maine.maine.edu. For local arrangements contact: John Lachs, Dept. of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37325, USA. E-mail: LachsJ@ctrvax.vanderbilt.edu. Some suggested topics: "Plato is Philosophy and Philosophy is Plato" -- Emerson 1) Plato and American Philosophy; e.g. Dewey's "Spell of Plato", etc.; Wm. James and Platonism; Pragmatism as an attack on Neoplatonism. 2) Platonism and the philosophy of A.N. Whitehead; C.S. Peirce as a Neoplatonist; Santayana as a Neoplatonist. 3) American scholarship on Plato from Shorey to Vlastos & beyond 4) Original recent & contemporary interpretations of Plato 5) Platonism and Neoplatonism in Intellectual History: A.O. Lovejoy & co. 6) Platonism in the Midwest: H.K. Jones, Thos M. Johnson, the St. Louis Hegelians & co. 7) American Scholarship on Plotinus and Neoplatonism 8) Original recent and contemporary philosophical and theological interpretations of Plotinus and the Neoplatonists 9) Platonism, Neoplatonism and Modern Science 10) Platonism and Neoplatonism in American Art and Lit 11) Neopythagorean Musical Thought and Practice 12) The European & Colonial Backround: Renaissance Neoplatonism, especially the Cambridge Platonists; Bishop Berkeley and Samuel Johnson; German Idealism, French Eclecticism, Coleridge, Thomas Taylor & co. 13) Platonic and Neoplatonic influences on American theological thought 14) Original Philosophical papers with Platonic and Neoplatonic arguments 15) Renaissance Neoplatonism and Archetypal Psychology; James Hillman & co. 16) The "Platonic Underworld": lit and art that directly reflects Middle and Neoplatonism, "Gnosticism", Hermeticism & co. 17) Apophatic thought and deconstructionism.