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2023 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, Texas

Meeting Begins11/18/2023
Meeting Ends11/21/2023

Call for Papers Opens: 1/23/2023
Call for Papers Closes: 3/14/2023

Requirements for Participation

Religion and Philosophy in Late Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We welcome proposals on the following topics: 1) A joint session with the Seminar Early Exegesis of Genesis 1-3 on the application of the concept of the cosmic soul to the interpretation of the Genesis narratives. We invite submissions referring to ancient Christian, Jewish and polytheistic authors who linked philosophical ideas on the cosmic soul to traditions in Genesis 1-3 and their reception. 2) Our second session will be devoted to the relationship between ancient philosophy and rituals. We welcome papers investigating the interaction between religious and philosophical traditions on the topic of rituals. Presentations should focus on one or both of the following questions: In what sense did philosophy lead to a spiritual understanding and interiorization of rituals? How did mixed forms of philosophical religions, and especially theurgy, occur in late antiquity? 3) A session on the impact of the Vulgata on later theology and philosophy. We invite contributions that scrutinize how ancient Latin translations of the Bible impacted ancient philosophical traditions and vice versa. How do Latin biblical texts reflect contemporary philosophical developments, and what is the contribution of these translations to the ancient history of philosophy?

Program Unit Chairs

Athanasios Despotis
Todd Krulak

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