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Ancient and Continental

A One Day Workshop
Thurs 27th Feb 2003
University of Warwick

From Nietzsche, Marx, and Heidegger to Foucault, Irigaray, Derrida, and Deleuze, continental philosophers have not hesitated to return to antiquity in order to draw upon ancient philosophical resources for their own work. While not always scholarly, these creative appropriations nevertheless form an important theme within modern European thought. Moreover, they often constitute decisive moments in the philosophical development of individual thinkers, moments that deserve close attention.

This workshop will examine a number of these relationships, focusing upon Heidegger, Bergson, Bachelard, Lacan, Derrida, and Foucault among the moderns, and Platonism, Atomism, Stoicism, Scepticism, and early Christian thought from antiquity.


Registration: 10.00-10.25

Session 1: 10.30-12.00
  • Stella Sandford (Middlesex): 'How the West was One: Heidegger and the Greek Origin in Continental Philosophy'

  • Nina Power (Middlesex): 'Discontinuity contra Durée: Bachelard and Bergson's Temporal Confrontations with Ancient Atomism'

Lunch (not provided): 12.00-1.00
Session 2: 1.00-2.30
  • Bob Plant (Aberdeen): 'Perhaps: Jacques Derrida and Pyrrhonian Scepticism'
  • Lorenzo Chiesa (Warwick): 'Le ressort de l'amour: Lacan's Theory of Love in his Reading of Plato's Symposium'
Coffee Break (drinks provided): 2.30-3.00
Session 3: 3.00-4.30
  • John Sellars (Warwick): 'Foucault's Ethics via Chrysippus' Cylinder'
  • Jones Irwin (St Patrick's, Dublin): 'Confessions of the Flesh: On Foucault's Analysis of Early Christianity'

If you wish to attend this event please register your interest no later than Friday 21st February 2003 by contacting:

Mrs Heather Jones (,
Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature,
Department of Philosophy,
University of Warwick,
Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK

Alternatively, download the booking form as a PDF file.

Registration fee of £5 to include conference pack and afternoon tea/coffee.

For any other matters relating to this event please contact the organizer,
Dr John Sellars.