Did the ancient Greek religion influence philosophy

The working group 'Philosophy and Religion' of the GanPh under the direction of Dr. Angela Ulacco (University of Friborg), JProf. Dr. Diego De Brasi (University of Trier) and PD Dr. Marko J. Fuchs (University of Bamberg) offers especially young scientists a forum to deal with the relationship and mutual influence of philosophy, theology and religion in antiquity and to deal with a research area that is central to a historical and systematic adequate understanding of numerous philosophical positions of this era. The main objective of the AK is therefore to dedicate itself to those texts that deal with the relationship between religion, theology and philosophy in antiquity - be it from classical philosophy and traditional Greek / Roman cults, be it from Hellenistic philosophy and Egyptian cults or cults. Judaism, be it from imperial and late antique philosophy and gnosis, Hermetism, oracle literature as well as Christianity - illuminate, and interpret and comment on these texts historically and systematically.

The topic of the third meeting of the working group is Plutarch's work On Isis and Osiris. In this text, Plutarch offers a 'philosophical' analysis of the narrative about Isis and Osiris and the Egyptian religion. He presents different interpretations of the myth and assesses their sustainability. Plutarch rejects interpretations according to which Isis and Osiris are deified people or 'personifications' of natural phenomena, and prefers these interpretations to interpretations that are strongly influenced by Greek culture and especially by the philosophy of Plato. The relationship between the various stages of argumentation and the numerous digressions and which aspects of Plutarch's Middle Platonism flow into his analysis of the Egyptian religion are just a few of the questions that are open to both philological and religious-philosophical aspects with regard to this work. In line with the profile and goals of the working group, this meeting aims to create a cooperative working atmosphere in which the selected work is commented on. Each participant will introduce a section of the work historically and systematically and moderate the translation or commentary reading and subsequent discussion.

The third meeting of the working group is organized in cooperation with the philological-philosophical colloquium of the University of Trier and the German section of the International Plutarch Society (https://www.ku.de/slf/klassische-philologie/forschung-projekte/projekte/ international-plutarch-society). Prof. Dr. Rainer Hirsch-Luitpold (Bern) will give the keynote speech. We would also like to offer five young scientists the opportunity to take part in this conference.

According to current planning, the workshop is to take place as a hybrid event in Trier and via the University of Trier's ZOOM platform on June 18-19, 2021.

If necessary, depending on the situation, the meeting will be held as a purely online event; The organizers will provide appropriate information on the procedure in this case in good time. Any costs incurred can be partially covered.

Up to three preferences (in a preferred rank from 1 to 3) may be suggested for the corresponding sections of the work, which should be read and commented on together at the meeting. The organizers will then assign one section to each participant.

Please send the ranking list with preferences of max. 500 words and a short CV to [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] by April 18, 2021.