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Humanity is the Measure of All Things: A Colloquium Exploring Late Antiquity’s Intellectual and Spiritual Diversity
March 13, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
From Socrates’ comparison of the structure of the ideal city to the structure of the human soul all the way to Yājñavalkya’s description of the miniature world inside our heart, almost every civilization has tried to understand the world in terms of the individual human person. This is the relationship between the macrocosm and the microcosm, and this colloquium will discuss it using three concrete examples taken from different traditions: Neoplatonism from the Graeco-Roman world, Zoroastrianism from the Persianate world, and Buddhism the Indo-Tibetan world. These three concrete examples with serve as an introduction for our keynote speaker, Prof. Ron Inden, who will reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of such ideas.
12:30pm–1:00pm Matthew Watton [The doctrine of microcosm / macrocosm in Neoplatonism]
1:00pm–1:30pm Ted Good [The doctrine of microcosm / macrocosm in Zoroastrianism]
1:30pm–2:00pm Annie Heckman [The doctrine of microcosm / macrocosm Indo-Tibetan Buddhism]
2:30pm–4:00pm Prof. Ron Inden [Aesthesia and Anaesthesia in Vaiṣṇava Litugty and Metaphysics]