Dr. des. Antonio Vargas

Buber Fellow: 
Research Field: 

Ancient Philosophy

Academic interests: 
  • Metaphysics
  • History of Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Time
  • Metaphilosophy
  • Neoplatonism, esp. Proclus
Current Projects: 
  • "Proclus and the Metaphysics of Time"
  • Revision for publication of my doctoral dissertation on Proclus, a platonist philosopher active in Athens in 5th century A.D., and his unified account of the ultimate reasons for temporal phenomena (such as the passage of time, the division of time into past/present/future, simultaneity, and the existence "opportune moments.") I trace Proclus' reception of the previous philosophies of time from Plato to Iamblichus and reconstruct both the problems he responded to as well as the arguments he had for his theory.
  • "Proclus’ Beastly Philosophy: Animal Minds and Divine Vices in a Late-Ancient Metaphysician"
  • I am reconstructing Proclus' conjoint theory of evil and animal minds, two phenomena he connects through the myth of metempyschosis ("reincarnation" if you will), with a view to considering the theory's metaphilosophical consequences (e.g. what can this tell us about the connection between esoteric and exoteric writing in Proclus and his school, what can it tell us about the connection between the metaphysical project of Platonism and evil.)
Curriculum Vitae: 
  • 2012 - 2016 PhD, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Philosophy) (summa cum laude) 
  • 2013 - 2014 Visiting Student Research Collaborator at Princeton University (Classics)
  • 2009 - 2012 MA, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Philosophy)
  • 2004 - 2008 BA, Universidade de Brasília (Philosophy)
  • ““The Totality of Being is a Living Being” in Proclus” in Barth, C, Wernder, D., Ferella, C. (eds.) Metaphors in Ancient Cultures, Berlin: Edition TOPOI (forthcoming)
  • "Proclus on Time and the Units of Time", in David Butorac and Danielle Layne (eds.) Proclus and His legacy, (Series: Millenium studies 65), Leiden: Brill
  • "The Nay Science in the History of Philosophy" in Butler et al. Reviews of The Nay Science,  in the International Journal of Dharma Studies, 2016 4:10 Springer
  • "Time, King of Heaven and Earth: Proclus on Timeless and Timebound Metaphysics" Dionysius XXXIV (December 2016) 
  • C. Helmig / A.L.C. Vargas, "Ascent of the soul and grades of freedom. Neoplatonic Theurgy between Ritual and Philosophy", in: d'Hoine, P. and Van Riel, G. eds. Fate, Providence, and Moral Responsibility: Festschrift for Carlos Steel. Leuven: Leuven University Press 2013