Cambridge Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy 2018

The organizing committee of 2018 Cambridge Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy invites proposals for papers to be given at an interdisciplinary conference on the theme ‘Law and Order in Ancient Philosophy,’ to take place in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, on 17-18 March 2018.


Law and order were among the central questions debated in Antiquity, permeating nearly all branches of ancient philosophy from metaphysics, natural philosophy, and cosmology to ethics, political theory, and aesthetics. This topic is open to a large number of approaches and can be related to various disciplines in the humanities, such as ancient history, literature, and legal theory – for which reason the organizing committee hopes to welcome students and junior academics throughout the humanities, thus creating an interdisciplinary dialogue across various fields in the study of classical antiquity and beyond. The organizing committee welcomes papers that discuss law and order from different angles and in various contexts, including (but not limited to):

·      The origin of order and laws;

·      Hierarchies in cosmos, nature, and city;

·      Order in soul;

·      Justice and injustice;

·      Divine, natural, and human laws;

·      Constitutionalism and legislation;

·      Ethical agency, customs, and law;

·      Philosophical method and laws of reasoning;

·      Taxonomy and classification;

·      Harmony and proportion.

The organizing committee invites proposals from graduate students and early career researchers (within three years of completion of their degree) for papers of approximately 3000-3500 words for a 30 minutes presentation. Please submit abstracts as email attachments to Abstracts should be submitted as .pdf files and should not exceed 1000 words. Please write ‘Conference Abstract Submission’ in the subject line of your email and include in the email your name, departmental affiliation, email address, and the title of your paper (as well as the year in which the PhD was awarded in the case of early career researchers). Abstracts should be prepared for blind review, so please ensure that your abstract is free from any identifying personal details. 

The submission deadline is Wednesday 24th January 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 1st February and will be asked to submit the final draft of their papers by Tuesday 1st March.

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