Saturday, April 14, 2007

Last day of the ASP conference

Dennis O'Brien gave a in-depth presentation of Plotinus and his relationship to Plato and Aristotle with respect to matter and privation.

From a BMCR review of L'Alchimie et ses racines philosophiques: La tradition grecque et la tradition arabe:


Denis O'Brien tackles the complex puzzle of the origin of matter in Plotinus. Taking his cue from some disagreements between the Plotinus' two editors, Schwyzer and Henry, O'Brien decisively states that emanated beings gaze back at the One, rather than engaging in self-reflection; but matter, being lifeless, cannot do this, and therefore must be issued from Soul. Plotinus also picks up a weak point in Aristotle, which he exploits in order to prove that desire, or privation, remains even after form sets in; hence matter remains in a sense non-being even after joined to form.
The lecture was quite good, but I wasn't tempted to pick up Plotinus again; at least not before I master logic.

Korean lady (the grad student at Cambridge) is also Catholic. Great! She is doing her PhD studies on the stoics, and would like to return to Korea to teach.

I talked a bit with the Chinese Catholic--I didn't bring up the Patriotic Association, but I did ask him what he thought of the current situation for the Church. He does think things will improve for the Church; then again, he also thinks that the situation in China may eventually get better; with more economic development, there may be a great push for a change in leadership. He will be finishing up next year, and then starting a post-doc. He plans to be in Beijing during the Olympics, and may even watch some of the events. He is interested in Aquinas and would like to read more of his works one day.

I asked him about the China-Korea historical controversies (I was alluding to Koguryo), and he couldn't understand why the Koreans were claiming Chinese territory as being theirs. I haven't reviewed the historical and archeological evidence, but I tend to give the Koreans the benefit of the doubt, even though there are nationalists on both sides.


On the Underground Church:
Cardinal Kung Foundation
Free the Fathers

Koguryo:
The wiki page has been locked to prevent editing; no doubt this is because partisans of both sides had been constantly editing to "correct" mistakes.

On the drama Jumong

The Forgotten Glory of Koguryo
Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom - UNESCO ...
Complex of Koguryo Tombs - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Complex of Koguryo Tombs - World Heritage Site - Pictures, info ...
Korean History:: A Bibliography :::::: [THREE KINGDOMS - Koguryo]
Asia Times Online :: Korea News - The legacy of long-gone states
Rewriting History
Salon.com Technology The "history war" in Northeast Asia (alt)
Tussle over a vanished kingdom - Asia - Pacific - International ...
KoreaTimes : China's Censorship of Koguryo History 'Mistaken Approach'
Korea in East Asian and World History

Society for East Asian Archeology

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