Bernard Williams’s Antiquity: A Conference at the University of North Carolina (April 13-15)

We’re very pleased to announce the following event, organized by Brendan Boyle (Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill):

Bernard Williams’s Antiquity: A Conference at the University of North Carolina

13-15 April, 2012

Bernard Williams’s interest in the ancients was intense and abiding, and there is scarcely as aspect of his work the ancients did not touch.  Agamemnon’s dilemma figures prominently in his early accounts of “ethical consistency,” while Thucydides’ radical understanding of the past shapes much of Truth and Truthfulness.  And this is not even to mention Shame and Necessity, the most astonishing study of the ancients in many, many decades.

Williams’s work on the ancients is all extremely challenging in its own right, and has not, I think, been sufficiently well-understood.   That alone is good reason to convene a study of “Williams’s Antiquity,” but it is complemented by the fact that it has proved extremely fertile – its influence can be seen in work as varied as Robert Pippin’s accounts of fate and agency in modernity, Raymond Geuss’s critique of certain strands of Anglophone moral theory, and Richard Eldridge’s studies of Hegel and tragedy.  The aim of this conference, then, is to gather participants to examine Williams’s provocative body of work on antiquity and the challenge it poses to contemporary philosophical practice.

Speakers: Robert Pippin, Raymond Geuss, Richard Kraut, Richard Eldridge, Paul Woodruff

Contact Brendan Boyle (bpboyle AT gmail DOT com) with any questions, or visit

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