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The International Society for Neoplatonic Studies

The ISNS is pleased to announce a conference to be held with the kind support of the Faculty of Humanities and the Department of Philosophy of the University of Haifa on Mount Carmel, Israel on the subject of

"Neoplatonism in the East
-- ex oriente lux."

The conference will be held March 22-24, 2011 Rabbin Building, University of Haifa and its subject is Neoplatonism in the eastern Mediterrean, including eastern thought influenced by it.
Although submission of proposals for delivering a paper is now passed, if you would like to chair a session, take part in an open discussion, or attend as one of the audience, please contact Menahem Luz.

For further information see following menu

site and information last updated 17th March 2011
conference programme and details accessed in the menu below
regarding problems in the links please contact web-master Menahem Luz

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Topics examined at the conference

a) The central theme of the conference is devoted to examining the works and philosophy of Neoplatonic thinkers active in the ancient cities and regions of the Eastern Mediterranean (i.e., Greece, Egypt, Anatolia, Provincia Syria etc.).

b) However, also included are papers on eastern philosophies, science and modes of thought influenced by Neoplatonism or in contact with it whether as part of Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions, or connected with Gnostic and Neo-Pythagorean modes of thought.

c) Likewise, included are papers on Plato and the Platonic tradition.

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Papers and Proposals Submitted

The deadline for the submission of proposals is now passed. Because of the impressive number of papers to be delivered at the conference, we unfortunately can no longer accept new ones.

All those already submitted are being now organised for the final programme.

If you have any questions relating to your submitted abstract, or have changes to be made in it, please send them to
Menahem Luz

Final Programme (small changes are liable still to occur):
Electronic and printable
Printer friendly basic programme (b/w, no icons)

Organisation of the papers is now complete and although there may be some final changes we may now present the conference programme.
We have now also noted the exact room in which each of the lectures will be held. Although most sessions will be in the Rabbin Building Observatory, fl. 7, some parallel sessions will be in classrooms close by. Directions will be given by me or one of my assistants.
Would each participant kindly kindlt open the file containing the programme of papers to be presented at the conference
and examine the entry of his/her own lecture paying especial attention to the spelling of his/her name, affiliation and title of lecture and send any corrections to
Menahem Luz as soon as possible.
Details on the Friday trip to Caesarea and Saturday trip to the Galilee will be published shortly. I have high hopes that they will be most successful

May I remind participants who plan to present in languages other than English, that as a courtesy they supply us with a translation of either their full paper or of an extended abstract.
We have drawn up a booklet of Abstracts on this site. If you would like to revise your abstracts - this time, no length limits - I will endeavour to place it in the booklet on this site.

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Special panels

Submission to our special panels is now complete and have been organised into the following groups of lectures:
  1. Reading Phaedrus in the East on Christians, Jews and Pagans on interpreting Plato
  2. Patristics and Neoplatonism
  3. Platonism and Christianity: Neoplatonism and Christianity in the East; Platonism in Eastern and Western Christianity; Platonism and Eastern Christianity
  4. Fate and Liberty in Greek Thought

    Other submissions were grouped according to their subject matter

  5. Plato
  6. Jewish Platonism and Neoplatonism: Greece and the Bible in Philo of Alexandria, Maimonides and Kabbalah;
  7. Platonism and Eastern Thought (from Stoicism to Plotinus)
  8. Pythagoras and Numenius,
  9. Gnostics and Hermetics
  10. Philosophy and Magic in Neoplatonism
  11. Proclus
  12. Arabic philosophy
  13. and others
  • Arabic Platonism and Neoplatonism
  • Theurgy in Eastern Philosophy and Theology
  • Neoplatonism and Science in Greece and Palestine
  • Proclus and Plotinus

    I am sure that this will all produce wonderful interdisciplinary discussion.

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    Conference Activities

    1. main conference sessions are between Tuesday March 22nd - Thursday March 24th 2011 in the Rabbin Building of the University of Haifa noted in this map of the campus;
    2. during two of the intervals, a visit to the campus Reuben Hecht Biblical Museum is planned - the museum exhibits also include a number of important Hellenistic-Roman pieces;
    3. the conference will close with a farewell dinner for the participants to be hosted by the University of Haifa and to be held in the Central Carmel
      Thursday March 24th 2011 at 8:30 p.m. in:
      the el-Gaucho Restuarant, 120 Yefe Nof St. (just behind the Nof and Dan Panorma Hotels)
      arrangements will be made to guide you there from the Nof Hotel;
    4. a trip to ancient Caesarea home to the school of Origen, is also planned (Friday 25th March);
    5. an optional trip to ancient sites around the Sea of Galilee (Tiberias, Capernaum, Tabgha etc.) is offered for the period after the conference (Saturday 26th March).

    It is important that each participant notify us as soon as possible of their interest in registering for the activities trips.

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  • Registration for Conference Trips

    It is important that you indicate whether you would be interested in participating in the conference activities and trips detailed in the programme:
  • the farewell dinner to be held on Thursday, 24th March, 2011 in the el-Gaucho Restaurant;
  • the conference trip to Caesarea on Friday 25th March, 2011;

    Caesarea trip details

      I am still in the process of arranging this trip, but I hope that we will be able
    1. to see the ancient theatre of Caesarea
    2. the hippodrome/stadium and baths
    3. the port and citadel

    Galilee trip details
    the optional trip to ancient sites in the area of the Sea of Galilee is planned for Saturday 26th March.

      I cannot promise details at this stage but plan to include
    1. a visit to see the mosaics of Sepphoris, the synagogue of Caperanaum, the ancient churches of Tabgha and Cursi
    2. and either the baths of Gadara (Hammat Gader) or Hippos (Susita)
    3. we will start out early and have time to lunch only on the way back probably at the Sea of Galilee, so consider taking sandwiches with you
      I cannot fully promise any of this, but in general some of these projects should materialise and I will keep you in touch

    Please register with me by emailing
    We would appreciate notification of any cancellation or change as early as possible.

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