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    Interdisciplinary Conference:
    Ancient and Medieval Interpretations of Aristotle's Categories

    Keynote Speaker: Lloyd Gerson,
    University of Toronto

    April 12-14, 2012

    A conference co-sponsored by the M.A. Philosophy program and the Department of Classics at Franciscan University of Steubenville

    Join philosophers and classicists as they consider the interpretations of Aristotle's Categories found in the work of Ancient and Medieval thinkers.

    Classical and Medieval figures discussed will include: Plotinus, Ammonius, Syrianus, Albertus Magnus, Thomas Aquinas, James of Viterbo, Duns Scotus, Suarez. and more.

    For more information contact the conference organizers:



    Thursday, April 12
    Events in the Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center, unless otherwise noted.

    10 - 10:50 a.m. Registration
    10:50 - 11 a.m. Welcome by Dr. Daniel Kempton, vice president for Academic Affairs, Franciscan University
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sarah Wear, Franciscan University of Steubenville
    “Syrianus on the Categories”
    12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Charlene Elsby, McMaster University, Canada
    “Plotinus on the Reality of the Category of Relation”
    1:15 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch
    International Room, JC Williams Center
    2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Gary Gabor, Boston College
    “Ammonius’ Derivation of Aristotle’s ten categories in the Isagoge commentary”
    3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Joseph Almeida, Franciscan University
    "An Examination of the Interests of Ancient and Modern Commentary on the Categories"
    6:00 p.m. Dinner
    Schiappa Board Room, Antonian Hall

    Friday, April 13
    Events in the Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center unless otherwise noted

    7:30 - 8 a.m. Continental Breakfast
    9 - 10 a.m. Michael Griffen, The University of British Columbia, Canada
    “How Language Carves Being at the Joints: The Early Peripatetic Commentators on the Categories”
    10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Lloyd Newton, Benedictine College
    "Albert the Great's commentary on the Categories”
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Gregory Doolan, Catholic University of America
    "Aquinas on the Metaphysician's vs. the Logician's Categories"
    12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
    International Room, JC. Williams Center
    2 - 3 p.m. Mark Roberts, Franciscan University
    "The Second Sense of Being"
    3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Mark Gossiaux, Loyola University, New Orleans
    “James of Viterbo on the Nature and Division of the Categories”
    5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Banquet
    Schiappa Board Room, Antonian Hall
    7:30 p.m. Keynote: Lloyd Gerson, University of Toronto, Canada
    "The Aristotelian Commentaries and Platonism"
    Pugliese Auditorium, Ss. Cosmas and Damian Hall

    Saturday, April 14
    Events in the Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center unless otherwise noted

    7:30 - 8 a.m. Continental Breakfast
    8 - 9 a.m. Andrew Haines, Catholic University of America
    “Categorial Unity and Univocal Naming in Duns Scotus”
    9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Andrew LaZella, University of Scranton
    “Equivocity of ‘Being’ in Duns Scotus’s Quaestiones super Pradicamenta Aristotelis”
    10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Break/light refreshment
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Jacob Tuttle, Purdue University
    “Suarez's Non-Reductive Account of Action”
    12 - 1 p.m. Closing Group Discussions/Reflections
    1:30 p.m. Shuttle Service to Pittsburgh International Airport
    Rosary Circle (roadway outside JC Williams Center)
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