Berkeley, Plato, and Plotinus: Three Pillars of Idealism?

From 11 to 13 March 2016, the Trinity Plato Centre, together with the Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, and the Mind Association organized a conference on the topic: Berkeley, Plato, and Plotinus: Three Pillars of Idealism? In addition to several distinguished scholars from worldwide, this initiative drew on expertise from Philosophy, English and Classics at Trinity College Dublin. The initiative also brought together two prominent traditions at Trinity College Dublin, both distinguished by a long past and a vigorous present, and both combining historical scholarship with creative philosophical enquiry: Berkeley and Idealism Studies; and the Study of Plato and the Platonic Tradition.


Friday 11 March

John Dillon (Trinity College Dublin)

Opening Remarks

Radek Chlup (Charles University, Prague)

“Body and Matter in Siris

Stefan Storrie (Trinity College Dublin)

“On the aptly named Cratylus: Berkeley’s moral Platonism in Alciphron III”

Peter D. Larsen (Trinity College Dublin)

“Plato and Berkeley on Secondary Qualities”

Saturday 12 March

Rebecca Copenhaver (Lewis and Clark College)

“Seeing Things: Berkeley on Mature Human Perceptual Experience”

James Hill (Charles University Prague)

“Berkeley on the Simplicity of the Soul”

Sarah Magrin (UC Berkeley)

“Plotinus and Berkeley: two different readings of Plato”

James Levine (Trinity College Dublin)

“Berkeley’s Idealism, Abstract Ideas and Notions”

Vasilis Politis (Trinity College Dublin)

“How to match Berkeley and Plato: Three points of compatibility”

Sunday 13 March

David Berman/Brian Barrington (Trinity College Dublin)

“The Question of the One in Plato: Plotinus and Berkeley”

John Roberts (Florida State University)

“Berkeley’s Neoplatonism”

Eyjolfur Emilsson (University of Oslo)

“Idealism, Dualism, or something else? Plotinus on mind-body”

David Horan (Trinity College Dublin)

“Plotinus Ennead VI.6.16: determinacy and its cause in the physical world — with reference also to Plato’s Parmenides and Berkeley’s Siris