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The Stephen MacKenna Lecture

Each year the Trinity Plato Centre organises and hosts the Stephen MacKenna Lecture. Named in honour of the great Irish translator of Plotinus, this lecture series is designed to bring distinguished contemporary scholars working in the area of Plato and the Platonic tradition to Dublin to deliver a liecture aimed at a wide and general audience.

The Lectures
2016

Pauliina Remes

Pauliina Remes is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Metaphysics at Uppsala University. Her research interests lie primarily in Plotinus and Neoplatonism, and she has worked on ancient theories of mind and soul, moral psychology and theories of the self, among other topics. Professor Remes' lecture, 'Is personality of any interest for a Neoplatonic philosopher?', was held on Tuesday 12 April 2016 at 7:30pm in the Synge Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.

2015

Peter Adamson

Peter Adamson is Professor of Philosophy in the Ludwig–Maximilians–Universität München. He is also a senior faculty member at the Munich School of Ancient Philosophy (MUSAΦ). His research interests lie in late ancient philosophy and Arabic Philosophy. He is also the presenter of the King's College London produced podcast The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps. Professor Adamson's lecture, "Platonism and the Islamic World" was held on Tuesday 7 April 2015 at 7:30pm in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub Building, Fellows' Squre, Trinity College.

2013

Paul Kalligas

Paul Kalligas is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and the History of Science at the University of Athens. His research interests lie in ancient philosophy, and in particular in the philosophy of Neoplatonism, Plato and Aristotle. Professor Kalligas' lecture, "From energeia to energy: Plotinus and the formation of the notion of energy," took place on Thursday 4 April 2013 at 8:00pm in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub Building, Fellows' Squre, Trinity College.

2012

Jan Opsomer

Jan Opsomer is Professor of Philosophy in the De Wulf–Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His research interests focus on the philosophy of nature in late antiquity, and more specifically on the material elements, the theory of motion and methodological issues surrounding the study of nature. Professor Opsomer's lecture, "Why the Christians are wrong about creation, according to Julian the Apostate," took place on Tuesday 20 March 2012 at 7:30pm in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub Building, Fellows' Squre, Trinity College.

2011

Michael Erler

Michael Erler is Professor of Classics at the University of Würzburg. His interest lie primarily in ancient theories of personality and self, thus his research encompases psychology and ethics, as well as philosophy. Professor Erler has written numerous books and articles. His lecture, "The Fox knoweth many things, the Hedgehog one great thing: The relation of philosophical concepts and historical contexts in Plato's Dialogues" took place on Tuesday 12 April 2011.

2010

Christopher Gill

Christopher Gill is Professor of Classics at the University of Exeter. His interest lie primarily in ancient theories of personality and self, thus his research encompases psychology and ethics, as well as philosophy. Professor Gill has written noumerous books and articles. His lecture, "Is the Stoic Idea of Happiness Still Credible?" was delivered on Wednesday 19 May 2010 at 7:30pm in the Jonathan Swift Theater, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Professor Gill's lecture can be heard below.

2009

Christopher Rowe

Christopher Rowe is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Durham. His lecture, "Reading Socrates in Plato's Dialogues" was delivered on Friday 23 January 2009 in the Robert Emmet Theater, Trinity College Dublin.

2004

Dominic O'Meara

Dominic O'Meara is Professor of Philosophy at the the University of Fribourg. His lecture, "How Many Times Did Plotinus have a Mystical Experience?" was delivered on Friday 30 April 2004 in the Classics Seminar Room, Trinity College Dublin.

2002

Carlos Steel

Carlos Steel is Professor of Classics at the University of Leuven. His lecture, "The Neoplatonic Socrates" was delivered on Thursday 7 November 2002 in the O Cathain Theater, Trinity College Dublin.

2001

John Rist

John Rist is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Toronto. His lecture, "The Platonism of Gregory of Nyssa" was delivered on Friday 26 January 2001 in Room 5052, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.

1999

Werner Beierwaltes

Werner Beierwaltes is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Munich. His lecture, "The Neoplatonism of Schelling" was delivered on Friday 22 October 1999 at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin.


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