Tim Riggs

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Postdoc Researcher

Areas of Specialization and Research

 Moral Philosophy, Philosophical Psychology, and Metaphysics in Late Pagan and Christian Neoplatonism, and in Early Islamic Philosophy.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in History, University of Jyväskylä

Anticipated Date of Completion: December 2012

Dissertation (Working Title): “Fārābī’s Conception of the Authentic Self with Special Consideration of its Peripatetic and Neoplatonic Heritage”

Master of Arts Degree in Classics, Dalhousie University, 2009

Bachelor of Arts Degree with First Class Honours in Classics, Dalhousie University, 2007

Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mining Engineering, Dalhousie University, 2002

Diploma in Engineering, St. Mary’s University, 1999

 

Academic Awards, Honours and Achievements 

  • Governor General’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, 2010
  • Research funding provided by the European Research Council through the Subjectivity and Selfhood in the Arabic and Latin Traditions (SSALT) project: ~22 000 € per annum, 2009-2012
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship: $20 000 CAD per annum, 2009-2012
  • Izaak Walton Killam Predoctoral Scholarship, 2 years of graduate program: 1st year, $2500 CAD; 2nd year, $20 000 CAD, 2007/08 & 2008/09
  • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, 1st year of graduate program: $17 500CAD, 2007/08
  • Deans List, Faculty of Arts, 3 years of undergraduate program, 2004-2007
  • Marjorie Ball Scholarship: $2000 CAD, 2006/07
  • Marjorie Ball Scholarship: $2000 CAD, 2005/06
  • 1st place in Classical Association of Canada Junior Latin Competition: $150 CAD, 2006
  • 3rd place in Classical Association of Canada Junior Greek Competition: $50 CAD, 2006

Teaching Experience 

  • Instructor for HISA 104 Heritage and philosophy of Antiquity, University of Jyväskylä, Fall 2011
  • Instructor for FILA120 A Classic Work of Philosophy II, University of Jyväskylä, Winter 2011
  • Instructor for FILS110 History of Philosophy III, Classical Arabic Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Fall 2010
  • Instructor for HISA 104 Heritage and philosophy of Antiquity, University of Jyväskylä, Winter 2009
  • Teaching Assistant for Classics 1100: Greek Mythology, Dalhousie University, 2008/09
  • Teaching Assistant for Classics 1100: Greek Mythology, Dalhousie University, 2007/08
  • Greek Tutor for individual student, Funded by the Student Accessibility Office, Dalhousie University, 2008

 

Refereed Articles 

  • “Elements of the Authentic Self in Fārābī: Between Alexander and Proclus,” Dionysius XXIX (2011) 61-80.
  • “How to Speak of the Trinity: Henadology, Dionysius and Modern Commentary,” in Proceedings from “Neoplatonism and its Legacy: the 2009 Annual Conference on Christian Philosophy,” eds. Editors: Jonathan Sanford and Sarah Wear. Franciscan University of Steubenville, April 24th and 25th 2009, Quaestiones Disputatae 2 (2011) 70-82.
  • Erôs, the Son, and the Gods as Metaphysical Principles in Proclus and Dionysius,” Dionysius XXVIII (2010) 97-130.
  • Eros as Hierarchical Principle: A Re-Evaluation of Dionysius’ Neoplatonism,” Dionysius XXVII (2009) 71-96.
  • “A Brief Exploration of Philo’s System of Cosmic Philosophy Through a Primary Consideration of the Life of Moses,” in Pseudo-Dionysius, vol.10 (2008). 
  • “A Study of Pseudo-Dionysius’ Usage of Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Alcibiades I in the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy,” in Pseudo-Dionysius, vol.9 (2007). 

 

Edited Books 

  • Subjectivity and Sociability: Late Antique and Medieval Perspectives. Eds. Juhana Toivanen and Tim Riggs (In Progress).

 

Book Reviews 

  • Review of Troels Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit, Philosophy in Review Vol.31, no.3 (2011).

 

 Conference Presentations 

  • “Proclus on Daimonic Mediation and Reincarnation in Light of Some Parallels with Jung’s Theory of a Collective Unconscious.” A paper presentation for the The 11th Annual Conference of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 12-15 June 2013. (Confirmed)
  • “Proclus on Daimonic Mediation and Reincarnation in Light of Some Parallels with Jung’s Theory of a Collective Unconscious.” A power-point presentation for “Quest of the Heart” A Symposium open to the public at Birkbeck College, London, hosted by Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Research Unit, Department of Systematic Theology, University of Helsinki, 2-3 June 2013. (Confirmed)
  • “On the Absence of Henads in the Kalām fī maḥḍ al-khair: Some consequences for Proclean Subjectivity in an Arabic Translation.” A paper presented at “Archai: Proclus Diadochus of Constantinople and his Abrahamic interpreters,” a Conference held at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, 12-16 December, 2012.
  • “Fārābī on Happiness: Harmonization of the Interests of Individual and Community.” A paper presented at SIEPM 2012: Pleasures of Knowledge International Congress of Medieval Philosophy, Munich, Germany, August 20-25, 2012.
  • “A Re-evaluation of Heidegger’s Metaphysics of Being: Proclus and Leibniz on the Cognitive and Appetitive Structure of Soul.” Paper presented at Subjectivity, Selfhood and Agency in the Arabic and Latin Traditions University of Uppsala, August 15-18, 2012. A conference jointly organized by Subjectivity and Selfhood in the Arabic and Latin Traditions (University of Jyväskylä/ERC) and Understanding Agency (Uppsala University/Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).
  • “Listening to Homer: Proclus on the Efficacy of Divinely Inspired Poetry.” Paper presented at the 2012 Conference of the Prometheus Trust, “Logos, Mythos, Sophos: Reason and Myth in the Search for Wisdom Warminster,” Wiltshire, UK, June 29 – July 1, 2012.
  • “Proclus’ Erotic Education: Language and the Acquisition of Self-Knowledge in the Commentary on Plato’s Alcibiades I.” Paper presented at the 2011 Conference of the Prometheus Trust, “Soul to Soul – Orality in the Platonic Tradition,” Warminster, Wiltshire, UK, July 1-3, 2011.
  • “Self-Identity in Proclus and Simplicius.”  Paper presented at a Workshop of the Canadian Society of Neoplatonic Society (CSNS) on the Status of Self and Subjectivity in Neoplatonism, hosted at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association, May 30, 2011.
  • “Elements of the Authentic Self in Fārābī: Between Alexander and Proclus.” Paper presented for special panel on Self, hosted at the Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, 10-12 May 2011.
  • “Farabian Selfhood and its Neoplatonic Background: Convergences and Divergences.” Paper presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP) with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science (SSIPS), October 2010.
  • “Remembering Being: Selfhood according to Proclus, Simplicius and Olympiodorus.” Paper presented at the XXIth International Symposium, organized by the The Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culure in Ancient Olympia and Pyrgos, Elia, Greece, July 2010.
  • “Selfhood and Demiurgy in Iamblichus and Proclus.” Paper presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, May 2010.
  • “How to Speak of the Trinity: Henadology, Dionysius and Modern Commentary.” Paper given at the “2009 Annual Conference on Christian Philosophy: The Legacy of Neoplatonism” at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, USA, April 2009.
  • “Neoplatonic Saints and Their Congregations: Theurgy as Communal Ritual.” Paper given for the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Classical Association at Mt. Allison University, October 2008.
  • “The Socratic Hierarch: Dionysius and Proclus on the Providence of Love.” Paper given for the Sixth Annual Conference of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, New Orleans, LA, USA, June 2008.
  • “Socrates as Hierarch: A look at Textual Borrowings in the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy of Dionysius the Areopagite.” Paper given for the Annual General Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, Montreal, QC., May 2008.
  • “A Short Analysis of the Typological Relationship between Moses, Aaron and Joseph in Philo’s Vitae: An Attempt to Situate Joseph the Statesman in Philo’s Political Cosmos.” Paper given for the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Classical Association at Dalhousie University, October 2007.

 

Guest Lectures and Presentations 

  • “The Shame of Being in the Body: Porphyry‘s Encomium to Plotinus and Some Late Antique Responses”. Presentation made at the seminar of the Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Research Unit, Department of Systematic Theology, University of Helsinki, 27 April, 2012.
  • “Authentic Self in Fārābī and its relation(s) to Ancient Greek Antecedents.” Presentation made in a seminar hosted by the FiDiPro project The Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East, at the Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki, 8 February, 2012.
  • “An Examination of Elements of Self and Identity in Fārābī: Borrowings and Departures from Two Ancient Traditions.” Lecture delivered at the Department of Philosophy, University of Uppsala, March 16, 2011.
  • “Fārābī’s Conception of the Authentic Self: Reconciling its (Neo-)Platonic and Peripatetic Elements?” Lecture given at the University of Jyväskylä for FILS 820, a Research Seminar in Philosophy, 18 November, 2010.
  • “Plato and Mythology.” Lecture given for CLAS 1100, Classical Mythology, at Dalhousie University, March 2009.
  • “Philo’s Platonic Exegesis of the Hebrew Myth of Genesis in his De Opificio Mundi.” Lecture given for CLAS 1100, Classical Mythology, at Dalhousie University, March 2008.

 

Language Proficiencies 

English: Native Speaker

French: Reading and Writing only

German: Reading only

Italian: Reading only

Latin: Reading only

Ancient Greek: Reading only

Modern Standard Arabic: Reading only

Finnish: Beginner

 

Professional Activities 

Co-organizer of the Canadian Society for Neoplatonic Studies (CSNS) Workshop on the Status of Self and Subjectivity in Neoplatonism, a special colloquium held during the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Society in Fredericton, NB, Canada, 30 May 2011.

 Editor: Pseudo-Dionysius, vol.10. A journal published by the students of the Classics Department at Dalhousie University. 2007-2008.



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