Foro di studi avanzati Gaetano Massa


Foro di Studi Avanzati has its origins as an association of scholars under the aegis of Dr. Gaetano Massa and Prof. Riccardo Campa in Rome and New York. Dr. Gaetano Massa [1911-2009] was a scholar, journalist, and librarian of the art and literatures of Italy, Iberia and Latin America. Prof. Riccardo Campa [1934-] is a scholar of philosophy, literature and the cultures of Italy, Spain and Latin America and a colleague of Borges and Montale. Both remain profound patrons of the Republic of Letters to whom we all are all indebted. Supported by the Instituto e Biblioteca Italo-Latino Americano, the Monsignor Jannone Foundation of Rome and private sponsors, they organized meetings of the Instituto Italo-Latino Americano in Italy, Spain, and Latin America, and symposia of The International Society for Aristotelian Studies and The International Society for Neoplatonic Studies in Rome and New York. At the Academia Real de Espana in Rome on June 25th 2013 the Foro di Studi Avanzati was established with the signing of its inaugural Statuto. On June 17th 2015 the FSA Buenos Aires Declaration was published to inaugurate our annual FSA/Roma conferences sponsored in part by The Institute at Caesars Head Ltd. USA. Foro di Studi Avanzati has as its model symposia held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York during the winter of 1951-1952 and were attended by Gaetano Massa. In symposia, Kristeller, Cassirer, Sarton, Bainton and Panofsky devoted themselves to the cultural background of a given period, mapping it from different points of view. Burckhardt’s Die Zeit Constantin’s des Grossen, Die Cultur der Renaissance in Italien and Croce’s Estetica framed the horizons of these conferences. Broadly speaking, the age of Diocletian marked a stage in the transition from the late classical civilizations of the Roman Empire to the Christian-Romano-Germanic civilizations of the early Middle Ages. The Renaissance marked for mid-twentieth century scholarship a dialectical transition from the fully developed civilization of the high Middle Ages to the modern world. Late Antiquity is recognized today similarly as a pivotal age of inheritance and transition and is included in our research programs. Foro di Studi Avanzati maintains the spirit of Gaetano Massa and Riccardo Campa by supporting the Humanities as classically defined, emphasizing that its histories, literatures, arts, languages, philosophy and religions still speak to us in a modern age. Humanista, coined at the height of the Renaissance period in Italy, was derived from an older term – studia humanitatis. In the general sense, it was a literary education in a style advocated by Cicero and Gellius. To be revived by Petrarch, Pico, Ficino and Cusanus it remained the basis for university curricula into modernity. Both terms stood for a clearly defined cycle of 2 scholarly disciplines – grammar, rhetoric, history, poetry and moral philosophy read in the context of Latin and to a lesser extent, Greek sources. Texts studied derived not only from Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Boethius in the original; but also from a variety of newly discovered writings. Hence Seneca, Plutarch, Pindar, Pausanius, Plautus, Lucian, Terence, Diogenes Laertius, Sextus Empiricus and Plotinus became part of a renaissance and later modern canons. Moreover, the sources of Neoplatonic theurgy and religion, and the apocryphal works attributed to the Pythagoreans, Orpheus, Zoroaster and Hermes Trismegistus were also introduced to be currently studied from the precipice of Nag Hammadi and later Platonism. Such remains possible because Chrysoloras suggested the first Latin translations of Plato’s Republic while Plethon’s visit to Florence in 1438 left a deep impression. So much so that Cardinal Bessarion’s defense of Plato over Aristotle exercised influence not only into the sixteenth century but into contemporary debate as well. It was a Renaissance belief in the value of learning as the molder of character derived from a study of the philosophy, theology, aesthetics, religion, and the arts that defines Foro di Studi Avanzati as a collegia academicae. As humanista dedicated to a studia humanitatis our amici academicae and artis map connections between ancient, medieval, renaissance and modern worlds. Indeed, we are perhaps akin to Poggio, who like a pig to truffles unearthed in the Swiss monastery of St. Gall the entire works of Quintilian, the poems of Lucretius, discourses by Cicero, treatises on architecture by Vitruvius and on agriculture by Columella, and celebrated in Rome. And we follow the examples, as best we can, of three popes: Nicholas V, who created a fitting setting for this great library by housing it in the Vatican Library, its books exquisitely bound in red velvet with silver caps; and Sixtus VI and Alexander VI who invited philosophers, rhetoricians, poets, historians, philologists, grammarians and professori of Latin and Greek to the Vatican Library for study. Much more modestly indeed, FSA welcomes its amici yearly to Casa Filippini in Rome – where under the aegis of Pio IX and Cardinale Cremonesi- we engage in studies of ancient, medieval, renaissance and early modern texts and contexts.



Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte – UFRN, BR

IV Seminário Ibero-Americano

de Estudos Neoplatônicos: Mística e Política



Segunda-feira, 30 de Janeiro

Sessão 1 (10:00 – 12:30) Neoplatonismo Antigo

“Asimilación, deificación y experiencia mística en Plotino”
Prof. Dr. Marcelo Andrés Poblete (Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina)

“Plotino e a justificativa do poder político do imperador Juliano, o rei-filósofo” Prof. Dr. Bruno Camilo de Oliveira (Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-árido)

“Mística e anarquia: considerações neoplatônicas”
Prof. Dr. Cicero Bezerra (Universidade Federal de Sergipe)

“La vía racional de ascenso al Bien en Plotino (Enéada I, 3)”. Profa. Dra. Malena Tonelli (Universidad Nacional de La Plata)

Sessão 2 (15:00 – 18:00) Neoplatonismo Antigo

“Exégesis mística y disposición ‘política’ del alma en Proclo”
Prof. Dr. José Maria Zamora Calvo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

“Prendersi cura degli uomini secondo il modo che è proprio degli dèi: l’ascesa dalle virtù politiche alle virtù teurgiche nella Vita Procli di Marino”
Claudia Gianturco (Università degli Studi di Salerno – Italia, EPHE – Paris, France)

“Apofatismo na filosofia procleana: consequências de um Uno imparticipado” Suelen Pereira da Cunha (Universidade Federal do Ceará)

“Autarquia y mística en Proclo”
Prof. Dr. José María Nieva (Universidad Nacional de Tucumán)

Terça-feira 31 de janeiro

Sessão 3 (10:00 – 12:30) Neoplatonismo e religião

“A formação das virtudes ético-políticas como pré-requisito para a prática teúrgica”
Prof. Dr. Julio Cesar Moreira (University of Minnesota)

“El tema de la Jerusalén celeste en el gnosticismo y en Orígenes” Prof. Dr. José Antonio Antón Pacheco (Universidad de Sevilla)

“Mística e originalidade: a receita para uma expulsão (herem)” Profa. Dra. Cecilia Cintra Cavaleiro de Macedo (UNIFESP)

“Neoplatonismo, Sufismo, Política e Tragédia”
Prof. Dr. Edrisi Fernandes (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte/Archai UnB)

Sessão 4 (15:00 – 18:00) Neoplatonismo Medieval

“Juan, Pedro y Pablo en la Vox spiritualis de Eriúgena: mística y política en la Corte de Carlos el Calvo”
Prof. Dr. Ezequiel Ludueña (Universidad de Buenos Aires-Universidad Nacional La Matanza)

“La libertad en Pedro Olivi y los espirituales” Prof. Dr. Jesús de Garay (Universidad de Sevilla)

“Imperio y cuerpo de cristo en el De concordantia catholica de Nicolás de cusa” Profa. Dra. Victoria Arroche (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

“Cusano: ecumenismo y visión de Dios”
Profa. Dra. Claudia D’Amico (Universidad de Buenos Aires/CONICET)

Quarta-feira 1o Fevereiro

Sessão 5 (10:00-12:30) Neoplatonismo medieval

“Las almas libres y nobles en el Espejo de las almas simples de Margarita Porete” Carolina Durán (Doctoranda en Filosofía, Universidad de Buenos Aires)

“Mestre Eckhart: a mística como modo de vida”
Elves Franklin Bispo de Araujo (PPGFIL – Universidade Federal de Sergipe)

“A sagração do cotidiano: mística e política em Mestre Eckhart”
Prof. Dr. Oscar Federico Bauchwitz (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande de Norte)

“Mística y política en la obra de Maestro Eckhart” Profa. Dra. Alessandra Beccarisi (Università di Foggia)

Sessão 6 (15:00-18:00)
Recepção Moderna e contemporânea

“Os furores em Ficino e Bruno: um virtuosismo místico?”
Profa. Dra. Monalisa Macedo (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande de Norte)

“Mística y política en el pensamiento de Giordano Bruno”
Prof. Dr. José Gonzales Ríos (Universidad de Buenos Aires/CONICET)

“La dimensión política de la imaginación colmadora en la mística de Simone Weil”
José Robles (Universidad de Guanajuato)

“Roquentin e Riobaldo. A mística em Sartre e Guimarães Rosa” Prof. Dr. Noeli Rossato (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria)



International Society for Neoplatonic Studies


The mission of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies is to promote the study of the philosophy of Plato and its long tradition from all perspectives. Since its formation in 1973 the ISNS has grown in both size and influence, with members now in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Americas.

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Chaîne Youtube Maël Goarzin


Docteur en philosophie de l’Université de Lausanne (Suisse) et de l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris), mes recherches ont pour objet la philosophie comme manière de vivre, de l’antiquité à nos jours. Je tiens aussi un carnet de recherche intitulé « Comment vivre au quotidien ». J’y développe, à partir des textes que j’étudie, un certain nombre de réflexions (in)actuelles visant à démontrer l’intérêt des textes antiques aujourd’hui. Cette chaîne en est le prolongement.

Entretien avec Philippe Hoffmann

Cet entretien avec Philippe Hoffmann, directeur d’Etudes à l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, à Paris, est composé d’une série de neuf vidéos portant sur Pierre Hadot, philosophe français décédé en 2010 et figure majeure de la philosophie contemporaine. Réalisés à la Fondation Hardt pour l’étude de l’Antiquité classique le 23 juillet 2013, ces entretiens menés par Maël Goarzin, doctorant à l’Université de Lausanne et à l’EPHE, abordent tour à tour la personnalité et les recherches de Pierre Hadot en philosophie antique, ainsi que leur impact pour une réflexion contemporaine. Cette série d’entretiens a été réalisée avec la collaboration de Pro Ethica, think tank en sciences morales, dans le cadre d’un projet dont l’objectif est de montrer l’intérêt du stoïcisme pour une réflexion éthique contemporaine. Dans la première partie de l’entretien, Philippe Hoffmann présente le parcours intellectuel et la carrière académique de Pierre Hadot (1922-2010). Son éducation philosophique et théologique au séminaire de Reims, tout d’abord, et son intérêt pour l’existentialisme ensuite. A son arrivée à Paris dans les années 1940, son choix de thèse le conduit à l’étude des auteurs antiques et de Marius Victorinus, qu’il préfère à Heidegger. Chercheur au CNRS puis à l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, où il dirige la chaire de « Théologies et mystiques de la Grèce hellénistique et de la fin de l’Antiquité », chaire dirigée aujourd’hui par Philippe Hoffmann, Pierre Hadot s’intéresse petit à petit au néoplatonisme, à partir de l’étude de Porphyre et de Plotin, auquel il consacre une grande partie de ses recherches. A la fin de sa carrière il est nommé au Collège de France, et les vingt dernières années de sa vie sont marquées par une production littéraire importante et la mise par écrit de ses thèses les plus connues : la philosophie antique comme manière de vivre, et l’importance, dans ce contexte, des exercices spirituels.


ISNS Collections

Essay collections published in association with the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. We have seven anthologies published in association with the ISNS – click on the title for details of each: Metaphysical Patterns in Platonism, Platonic Traditions in American Thought, Platonic Inquiries, Platonic Pathways, Platonism and its Legacy, Platonic Interpretations, Plato in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modern Times.

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The Wisdom of Hypatia

Welcome to my website! It supplements my book, The Wisdom of Hypatia: Ancient Spiritual Practices for a More Meaningful Life, which teaches a system of spiritual practice that provides a valuable way of life in the contemporary world. Hypatia was the most famous female spiritual teacher of ancient Alexandria. The mix of classical philosophies she taught to Pagans, Jews, and Christians in the fourth century forms the very foundation of Western mysticism, spiritual practice, and magic as we know it today. The Wisdom of Hypatia: Ancient Spiritual Practices for a more Meaningful life, offers a progressive, nine-month program based on the teachings of this inspiring Pagan Neoplatonic Philosopher, Discover how to bring purpose, tranquility, and spiritual depth to your life through exercises and techniques divided into three degrees of wisdom: Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Neoplatonism. This virtual course in philosophy, well-being, and divine union is an essential and practical introduction to the ancient wisdom of the West.

By Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD.

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Nova Scotia: Dalhousie University

Dionysius is the journal of Dalhousie University’s Department of Classics and reflects the established character of its work. It publishes articles on the history of ancient philosophy and theology, including Patristic theology, and their nachleben. It has a special interest in the Aristotelian and Neoplatonic traditions.

Dionysius considers philosophy’s relation, both negative and positive, to Christian belief in both ancient and modern times. As well as philosophical articles, Dionysius will publish articles on Classical and later literature and history, and on Hellenic, Christian, Jewish and Islamic religion, especially when they have a connection to philosophical questions.

The current five years (2016-2020) are available by subscription only.  Please contact the Department of Classics ( to subscribe.  Previous issues may be read without subscription simply by registering and then logging in.

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Plotinus IV 7 (2) : On the Immortality of the Soul

Studies on the Text and its Contexts

Lorenzo Ferroni, Daniela Taormina (eds.), Baden-Baden: Academia Verlag, 2022


The Enneadic Treatise IV 7 (2) constitutes Plotinus’ first attempt to reflect systematically on the problem of the immortality of the soul. It is a complex text, in which the exposition of the Plotinian doctrine is preceded by a long doxographic excursus dedicated to the refutation of the ideas of some ancient philosophical schools (Aristotelian, Epicurean, Stoic, Pythagorean). The problems posed by the treatise are addressed in this volume from an interdisciplinary perspective: historians of ancient thought and of Neoplatonism, historians of religions, historians of late antique culture, classical philologists meet in these pages to address, from very different points of view, one of the most stimulating texts left to us by Plotinus.

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Between Athens & Alexandria

Description and organization

“Between Athens & Alexandria” studies the relationship between the Neoplatonic Schools of Athens and Alexandria as well as the Alexandrian origins of Neoplatonism, with a special focus on later Neoplatonic developments on, and criticisms to, Plotinus (204/5-270). Are the Schools of Athens and Alexandria essentially distinct, as the traditional view suggests, or can their differences be reduced to the organisation of teaching? To what extent does the attitude towards theurgy (originally flourishing in the Neoplatonic School of Syria founded by Iamblichus of Chalcis) define the orientation of the Schools? Can the harmonization of Plato and Aristotle “bridge the gap” between Athens and Alexandria? The driving research hypothesis of the project is that the Neoplatonic Schools of Athens and Alexandria are essentially one School adapting itself to the different environments of the two cities. The view according to which the attitude towards theurgy constitutes the main difference between Athenian Neoplatonism, traditionally considered as following Iamblichus’ purportedly anti-intellectualist lead, and Alexandrian Neoplatonism, often regarded as “Porphyrian”, is put into question. Porphyry (c. 234-305) and Iamblichus (c. 245-325), and their respective followers in the 4th century, seem to have more in common than has been thought until now. Porphyrian and Iamblichaean trends are present in both Athens and Alexandria. Plotinus’ synthesis of Platonism with Aristotelian and Stoic elements is dynamic, and continues to incorporate innovation into tradition beyond the boundaries of Antiquity, and even of philosophy itself. Focusing on Athens and Alexandria, the project aims at investigating the wider network of late antique Neoplatonic Schools in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as this network’s legacy in the Arabic and Byzantine worlds. Studying late ancient Neoplatonism from the point of its Byzantine and Arabic receptions may reveal a much more unitary picture of the final phase of ancient philosophy than previous reconstructions suggest. The project is hosted by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (IMS-FORTH) in collaboration with the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies (ACHS) of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is supported by the A. S. Onassis Foundation.


KU Leuven

Leuven Colloquia on Ancient Platonism (LCAP)

Description and organization

The Leuven Colloquia on Ancient Platonism (LCAP) is a lecture series on the history of ancient Platonism (from the Early Academy to Late Antiquity), traditionally an important field of study in Leuven. These lectures will be held on a monthly basis, starting in January 2022, hosted by the KU Leuven Institute of Philosophy and De Wulf-Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy and will be given by leading specialists in the history of Platonism. Each year the general theme will be narrowed down through the selection of a specific topic on which the invitees will be asked to speak. For the academic year 2021/2022 (second term only) and 2022/2023 the chosen topic is ‘principle’ (archê).

4-6 pm, Kardinaal Mercierzaal.

All sessions will be accessible also remotely. For both in-person and remote participation, registration on Zoom is necessary. We will send out individual announcements for each talk, with the relevant Zoom link for registration.


17 October, Charlotte Murgier (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne): Principles of practical knowledge: Aristotle’s discussion with Plato

14 November, Wiebke Marie-Stock (Bonn/Notre Dame): Turn the mirror of your soul. Plotinus on how to affect memory