Cosmos [to] Commons: Systems and Sustainability in Classical Life and Thought

Persistent identifier: Abstract Cosmos [to] Commons presents a genealogy of modern ideas about sustainability and complex systems through a series of case studies from Greek and Roman antiquity. It is a self-described work of “environmental philology” that probes the question of how ancient thought and experience might still speak… Read more

Aristotle as a name-giver: the cognitive aspect of his theory and practice

Persistent identifier: In this survey an attempt is made to examine whether Aristotle’s approaches to language, as depicted in his theory and practice, can be paralleled with those that gave rise to the fundamental principles of cognitive linguistics, the field which concentrates on what happens in the human mind… Read more

Computational Analysis of the Corpus Platonicum

Persistent identifier: Abstract The Corpus Platonicum is one of the most well-known and most influential works of ancient literature. Yet, it still has unresolved challenges regarding its tetralogical form and the authorship of some of the works. In addition, tracing its ideas through two millennia of Greek literature requires… Read more

Dogmata, Rules, Prohibitions: an overall investigation of the Pythagorean symbola

Persistent identifier: Abstract As part of a large body of traditional Pythagorean wisdom, symbola are short sentences concerning diverse topics including cosmology, ethics, ritual and cult, dietary precepts as well as regulations of everyday behaviour. Pythagorean followers considered them the most important and most characteristic of the master’s teachings. Read more

Myth and Philosophy in Late Antique Neoplatonism: Porphyry of Tyre (c. 234-305)

Persistent identifier: During my term at the CHS (Fall 2017), I have jointly worked on: (a) my CHS project, focusing on the reception and interpretation of traditional (especially Homeric) and philosophical (Platonic) myths in Porphyry of Tyre (c. 234-305), Plotinus’ pupil and editor; (b) secondarily, the KU Leuven research… Read more