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Last updated: August 2019
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Master Classes in the History of Philosophy
Sponsored by The Journal of the History of Philosophy

Mindful of the challenges facing young scholars working in the history of philosophy, the Board of Directors of the Journal of the History of Philosophy has established a program of Master Classes in the History of Philosophy. The central idea of the program is that a senior scholar who works primarily in some area of the history of philosophy would undertake to direct an intensive week of master classes for the benefit of a small group of recent Ph.D.s whose main research and teaching are in the relevant area. Normally, the classes will focus on one or more texts that are typically not part of material that the participants would have studied as graduate students. The goal of the program is the enhancement of the expertise and understanding of the young scholars in their area of specialization.

The JHP will select up to six individuals from among those who apply to participate in five days of intense classes on the announced subject. All travel and housing and food for the duration of the classes will be paid by JHP up to $1750. 

2020 Classes

Dates: June 22–26, 2020

Topic: “Epictetus and Later Stoicism”
Instructor: Brad Inwood (Yale University) 



Course Description:

Stoicism as a philosophical movement lasted for over 500 years and evolved considerably in that time. Epictetus is the most important philosopher of the later phase of the school’s development. He ran a Stoic school in northwestern Greece where, in addition to teaching the doctrines of the earlier, ‘classical’ period of the school, he also gave intensely philosophical public lectures to a wider audience. It is those lectures that we have access to, in the redaction made by his student Arrian. The class will consist of a close study of these lectures (the four books of so-called Discourses) both to gain insight into the doctrines of the earlier school and to understand how Epictetus developed those doctrines in his own work. The class will read the whole of the Discourses, including a careful reading of a generous selection of them in Greek, as well as a few pieces of important secondary literature.




Application: Applicants should send a letter of interest along with a CV to Prof. Lloyd P. Gerson (lloyd.gerson@utoronto.ca).

Qualifications: Ph.D. in philosophy received no earlier than January 1, 2015 and no later than January 1, 2020. AOS: ancient philosophy. Reading knowledge of classical Greek is required.


Deadline for submission: Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2019.  Applicants will be notified by January 1, 2020 of those selected to participate.