This workshop, which was held from 14-16 February 2020, brought experts from Dublin and elsewhere in Europe to the Trinity Plato Centre to read closely and discuss a new manuscript by Professor Vasilis Politis, titled: Plato’s Essentialism: Reinterpreting the theory of forms (Cambridge University Press).
Friday 14 February
Vasilis Politis (TCD)
Plato’s theory of forms as a theory of essence
Margaret Hampson (TCD)
Why cannot the ti esti question be answered by example and exemplar?
Peter Larsen (DCU)
Why cannot essences, or forms, be perceived by the senses?
Pauline Sabrier (Erlangen)
Why are essences, or forms, unitary, uniform and non-composite? Why are they changeless? Eternal? Are they logically independent of each other?
Saturday 15 February
Philipp Steinkrüger (Bochum)
The relation between knowledge and enquiry in the Phaedo
Kristian Larsen (Bergen)
Why are essences, or forms, distinct from sense-perceptible things?
Tianqin Ge (TCD)
Why are essences, or forms, separate from physical things?
David Meißner (Munich)
The role of the essence of oneness in judgements about sense-perceptible things
Daniel Hoyer (Berlin)
Why does thinking of things require essences, or forms?
Sunday 16 February
Giulio Di Basilio (TCD)
Why are essences, or forms, the basis of all causation and explanation?
Daniel Vázquez (Barcelona)
What yokes together mind and world?