Classes in the History of Philosophy
Sponsored by The Journal of the History of
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
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.
Dates: June 22–26, 2020
Topic: “Epictetus and Later Stoicism”
Instructor: Brad Inwood (Yale University)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.