BMCR 1994.03.13

1994.03.13, Symposium in Honor of Arthur Adkins

ETHICS, LITERATURE, AND LAW: A Symposium in Honor of the 65th Birthday of Arthur W. H. Adkins,
Professor of Classics, Early Christian Literature, Philosophy, and the Ancient Mediterranean World,
University of Chicago
APRIL 8 – 9, 1994
All sessions are held in Harper 130, 1116 East 59th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637 at the University of Chicago.

Afternoon Session
Chair: James Redfield, Classics and Social Thought, University of Chicago

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
*The Relation of Justice and Farming in Hesiod’s Works and Days* Stephanie Nelson, Classics, Valparaiso University
Respondent: David Grene, Social Thought, University of Chicago

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
*Women of Trachis* Bernard Williams, Philosophy, University of Oxford and University of California, Berkeley
Respondent: Robert Louden, Philosophy, University of Southern Maine

Morning Session
Chair: Hans Dieter Betz, New Testament and Early Christian Literature, Divinity School, University of Chicago

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
*Heroic Virtue in America: Aristotle, Aquinas, and Melville’s Billy Budd* Lee Yearley, Religious Studies, Stanford University
Respondent: Wendy Doniger, Divinity School, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Social Thought, University of Chicago

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*Plato’s Crito* James Boyd White, Law School, English, University of Michigan
Respondent: Charles Gray, History, Law School, University of Chicago

Afternoon Session Chair: Christopher Bobonich, Philosophy, University of Chicago

2:00-3:30 p.m.
*Moral Imperatives and Intrinsic Values* Paul Schollmeier, Philosophy, University of Nevada
Respondent: Candace Vogler, Philosophy, University of Chicago

4:00-5:30 p.m. *Platonic Love and Colorado Law: The Relevance of Ancient Greek Norms to Modern Sexual Controversies* Martha Nussbaum, Philosophy and Classics, Brown University
Respondent: Richard Posner, Law School, University of Chicago

There is no registration fee. For further information, please contact the Classics Department, University of Chicago, 1050 East 59th St., Chicago IL 60637, tel: 312 702-8514; email:; or call the Philosophy Department, University of Chicago, at 312-702-8513; or contact Elizabeth Asmis, email: