A few years ago I was asked to give a short talk to students on something connected to my 'art of living' research. I hastily jotted down some thoughts on Plato's Apology. A little later I read the same talk as a Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture at another university. This piece has now been accepted for publication in the journal Philosophy and Literature, and you can read a pre-print here.
I have created a new website, www.medievalphilosophy.org.uk, in my new role as webmaster for an informal society for medieval philosophy in the UK. The idea for a series of regular meetings was proposed by John Marenbon and Anna Marmodoro and an inaugural meeting was held at The British Academy in June. The hope is to meet once a term and the next meeting is scheduled for November, at The Warburg Institute. Full details at the website.
For anyone curious about the image on the website, it is a photograph of a leaf from a fifteenth century edition of Thomas Aquinas, in which Thomas quotes Boethius who is expressing a very Neoplatonic sentiment (Natura enim, ut Boetius dicit, a perfectis sumit initium). This seemed to capture nicely a number of things at once: continuity with ancient philosophy, continuity into the beginnings of the modern period, Boethius, a seminal figure, and a text from Aquinas, probably the most widely known medieval philosopher. Further information here.