Next week is Stoic Week again, more or less a repeat of last year's experiment. My bit thus far has been a radio interview for ABC Radio in Australia, now online here. At the end of next week (29th November) there will be a day event in London, again a repeat of last year's event at Birkbeck, but this year at Queen Mary. I'll be speaking at that event about Stoicism and emotions, and running one of the workshops.
I have had a very busy and productive October. I have completed and sent in a book chapter on Marcus Aurelius and an annotated bibliography on Marcus Aurelius. I have also finished and sent off two articles for journals, checked proofs for a book review and an article due out shortly, and dealt with copy editing for an article due out by the end of the year. An article finished two years ago has also appeared this month, ‘Stoic Fate in Justus Lipsius’s De Constantia and Physiologia Stoicorum’, Journal of the History of Philosophy 52/4 (2014), 653-74.
In September I should be speaking at three conferences in a row. The first is a conference on the Cambridge Platonist Henry More and I shall speak about Henry More's use of Marcus Aurelius in his Enchiridion Ethicum. The week after I shall be talking about Stoic spiritual exercises at a conference on 'the art of living' in ancient philosophy, focusing again on Marcus Aurelius. The week after that I'll be taking about Hellenistic conceptions of philosophy, this time in relation to Nietzsche and Foucault. Further details about all three events are at:
I recently prepared an annotated guide to the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle, which has now been published online as part of Oxford University Press's Oxford Bibliographies in Classics (requires a subscription).
I'm pleased to announce a conference taking place at Birkbeck on 11 June 2014 called 'Platonic Commentaries in the Renaissance', co-organized with Stephen Clucas in honour of Michael Allen, and supported by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.
This follows on from the conference 'Renaissance Philosophy' held in London around the same time last year, co-organized with Michael Engel. There is a short report about that conference here.
It would be nice if these two events became the first and second in a series of annual one day conferences on Renaissance philosophy in London.
The following short film documents the Stoicism for Everyday Life event that I was involved in last term.
Fuller films of the three main sessions are also available, and can all be found here.
Today I received in the post a copy of Brill's Companion to Seneca, in which I have a chapter on Seneca's philosophical predecessors and contemporaries. The book is almost 900 pages long and I'm looking forwards to reading many of the other contributions.
There is further information at the Brill website. Their blurb says "This new and important introduction to Seneca provides a systematic and concise presentation of this author’s philosophical works and his tragedies. It provides handbook style surveys of each genuine or attributed work, giving dates and brief descriptions, and taking into account the most important philosophical and philological issues. In addition, they provide accounts of the major steps in the history of their later influence. The cultural background of the texts and the most important problem areas within the philosophic and tragic corpus of Seneca are dealt with in separate essays."
I am delighted to have been invited to be a keynote speaker at the fifth Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, taking place in May 2014. There is a call for papers here. (I spoke at the Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy a few years ago.) I shall most likely talk about Shaftesbury, his work on Roman Stoicism, and the idea of philosophy as a way of life. I wrote a review of the new edition of his work last year.
Next week I'm speaking at King's College London in one of two event put on in conjunction with Stoic Week. Further details here.