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Platonism, Neoplatonism, and American Thought
Nashville, May 1999


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:

For local arrangements contact: John Lachs, Dept. of Philosophy, Vanderbilt
University, Nashville, TN 37325, USA. E-mail:

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.