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Ethics and Politics, Ancient and Modern Workshop (EPAM)

Ethics, Politics, Ancient & Modern (EPAM) is a Stanford Humanities Research Workshop co-sponsored by Chris Bobonich and Josiah Ober on topics at the intersections of philosophy, political science, and classics, to name a few.

The workshop aims to provide a focus for Stanford faculty and students with a primary or secondary interest in classical moral and political philosophy, to engage faculty and students from several departments by promoting an interdisciplinary discussion among them, and, to enable graduate students and faculty to meet on a common ground, as members of a single intellectual community.

Please see the EPAM calendar on the Humanities Center Website for updates about events.


We have an exciting EPAM schedule in 2018!  Please mark your calendars for the following events:


Roy Lee (Stanford): "The Eudemian Function Argument, Part 2"

with comments by Christopher Bobonich
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:15-6:00pm, Room 300-303

Huw Duffy (Stanford): "Plato on Higher-Order Expertise"

with comments by Grant Dowling
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 4:15-6:00pm, Room 300-303

Chris Bobonich (Stanford): "Plato on Impartiality"

with comments by Landon Hobbes
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 4:15-6:00pm, Room 300-303

Ilaria L.E. Ramelli (Sacred Heart Major Seminary): “Social Justice and Slavery and Their Relation to Philosophical Asceticism in Antiquity and Late Antiquity”

with comments by Thomas Slabon

Monday, January 7, 2019, 4:15-6:00pm, Watt Room


Hobbes and Aristotle on the Foundation of Political Science

Thursday, February 28, 2019. 04:15 PM - 06:00 PM | Humanities Center Boardroom

Thucydides on the Problem of Imagination in the Athenian Democracy

Thursday, March 14, 2019. 04:15 PM - 06:00 PM | Watt Dining Room

Power and Citizenship in Athenian Democracy

Tuesday, April 23, 2019. 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM | Humanities Center Boardroom

Stasis and Struggles for Recognition in Aristotle's Politics V

Thursday, April 25, 2019. 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM | Humanities Center Boardroom

Different Models of Human Nature in Aristotle?

Thursday, May 2, 2019. 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM | Watt Dining Room

The Work of Justice in Parmenides B8

Thursday, May 23, 2019. 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM | Humanities Center Boardroom

Truth in Voting and Fair Representation

Wednesday, May 29, 2019. 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM | Humanities Center Boardroom

A Note on the 2nd-Best Constitution of Plato’s Laws

Thursday, June 6, 2019. 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM | Building 200, Room 201


Past Events:

Hugh Benson  (University of Oklahoma): The Philosopher in the Theaetetus’ Digression

with comments by Grant Dowling

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:15 - 6:00pm, Humanities Center Board Room

We'll be serving light snacks.

Hugh H. Benson is a professor and former Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. He is a Samuel Roberts Noble Presidential Professor, the editor of Essays on the Philosophy of Socrates (OUP 1992) and Blackwell Companion to Plato (Blackwell, 2006), and the author of Socratic Wisdom (OUP 2000), Clitophon's Challenge (OUP 2015), and various articles on the philosophy of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.


Nicholas D. Smith  (Lewis & Clark College): " Plato on the Philosophers' Love of Truth"

with comments by Dawn Jacob

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 4:15-6pm, Humanities Center Baker Room


Dorothea Frede (UC Berkeley): "Aristotle and the Master Science of Life"

with comments by Thomas Slabon

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 4:15 - 6:00pm, Humanities Center Board Room


Roy Lee (Stanford): "The Aim of Virtue in Eudemian Ethics 8.3"

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:15 - 6:00pm


Gail Fine (Cornell University)

With comments by Huw Duffy

Thursday, March 08, 2018


Aristotle's Politics Conference

March 9-10, 2018

Building 200, Room 305.

See website for details and registration


Matthew Evans (UT Austin)

with comments by Jonathan Amaral

Thursday, April 05, 2018, 4:15-6:00pm, Humanities Center Board Room


Chris Bobonich (Stanford)

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 4:15-6:00pm


Rachana Kamtekar (Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University): "Aristotle’s Dialogue with Plato About the Voluntariness of Vice

with comments by Roy Lee

Thursday, October 5, 2017

4:15 - 6:00pm, Humanities Center Board Room

We’ll have light snacks and beverages

Rachana Kamtekar is a professor in the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University.  She formerly taught at the University of Arizona, Michigan University, and Williams College. Her forthcoming book is Plato's Moral Psychology:  Intellectualism, the Divided Soul, and the Desire for Good (OUP). She works on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, with a particular focus on ancient conceptions of the soul and their relationship to ancient ethical and political ideas. She is also interested in contemporary psychology and contemporary moral and political philosophy.


Emily Fletcher (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

4:15 - 6:00pm, Humanities Center Board Room


November 2013:

  • Katja Vogt (Philosophy, Columbia), “The Subject Matter of Ethics: A Metaphysical Reading of NE I.3” Comments by Katy Meadows (Philosophy, Stanford).

  • Corinne Gartner (Philosophy, Wellesley): “Akrasia, Enkrateia and the Possibility of Psychic Conflict in Seneca's De Ira” Comments by Huw Duffy (Philosophy, Stanford).

February 2014:

  • Govind Persad (Philosophy/Law, Stanford): "Institutional Change, Downward Mobility, and Rawlsian Justice” Comments by Jorah Dannenberg (Philosophy, Stanford).

March 2014:

  • Edwin Carawan (Classics, Missouri State) “Athenian Due Process and the Case against Aristokrates” Comments by Federica Carugati (Classics, Stanford).

May 2014:

  • Ben Miller (Philosophy, Stanford): “The Role of the Kalon in Ethical Decision-Making in Aristotle's Ethics” Comments by Alan Code (Philosophy, Stanford).

June 2014:

  • Klaus Corcilius (Philosophy, Berkeley): "Activity and Passivity in Aristotle's Account of Basic Perceptual Discrimination"

October 2014

  • Federica Carugati: "In Law We Trust (Each Other): Legal Institution, Democratic Stability and Economic development in Classical Athens" 


For more information, please contact Jonathan Amaral at .


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