Historically speaking, the majority of efforts in the study of ancient Greek physics has traditionally been devoted either to the analysis of the surviving evidence about the Presocratic philosophers or to the detailed examination of the Platonic and Aristotelian oeuvre. The aim of this meeting is, on the one side, to discuss in a systematic way the notion of space in the most representative exponents of the philosophical schools of the Hellenistic age and, on the other, to explore the role of spatial concepts in authors who, though not having thematised this subject, have made use of these notions in a philosophically original way. To this purpose, specialists both of Hellenistic philosophy and of ancient physics have been invited to investigate the philosophical meaning and the historical significance of the different conceptions of space endorsed by various thinkers ranging from the beginnings of the Hellenistic period up to the early Imperial age. Finally, a special session will be devoted to the ways in which such conceptions were met in Modern philosophy.

International Workshop Anacapri



Aristotle's Theory of Place in the Early Peripatos: Theophrastus and Eudemus
Keimpe Algra
Aspects and Problems of Chrysippus' Conception of Space
Michele Alessandrelli
Topos, Chôra and Kenon in Posidonius
Teun Tieleman
Epicurus on the Void
David Konstan
Space and Movement in Philodemus' De dis III
Holger Essler
Roman Philosophy under Construction: the Concept of Spatium from Lucretius to Cicero
Carlos Lévy
Aenesidemus the Anti-Physicist
Richard Bett
Phainomena vs. Noumena: Sextus Empiricus, the Notion of Place and the Pyrrhonian Strategy at Work
Emidio Spinelli
Doxographical Reverberations of Hellenistic Discussions on Space
Jaap Mansfeld
The Leibniz-Newton Controversy about Space: Real and Absolute vs. Ideal and Relational
Antonio Lamarra
The Task of Space: Kantian Space Revisited
Camilla Serck-Hanssen
Hegel's Concept of Space
Giuseppe Cantillo