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. Its work is broadly focused on Plato's writings and their interpretation by his student Aristotle through to their continuing influence in the 21st century. This includes philosophical, historical, and literary perspectives on this tradition as well as Pagan, Christian, Jewish, Islamic and other religious interpretations. The Society organizes annual conferences in the summer, and supports national and international conferences and various panels throughout the year.
association of philosophers, classicists, cultural historians and
other scholars interested in investigating the historical significance
and contemporary relevance of Neoplatonic thought.
To promote interest in the study of Neoplatonism.
- The conducting of annual meetings of members in various parts of the
world. The convening of international conferences on Neoplatonism.
- The maintenance of an international study center.
- The circulation of annual or semi-annual newsletters. The raising
- The publication of a journal.
- The publication of books, monographs, and periodicals.
GENERAL OFFICERS. The officers of the society shall consist of (1)
an Honorary President, (2) a President, (3) a Vice-President, (4)
a General Secretary, and (5) a Treasurer.
HONORARY PRESIDENT. The duties of the Honorary President shall be to
serve as an advisor to and consultant for any of the other officers
of the society on all matters concerning the aims and work of the
PRESIDENT. The duties of the President shall be to provide leadership
in planning and overseeing all the activities of the society, and
especially in the planning of the international meetings of the
society, and to preside at all official functions of the society.
VICE-PRESIDENT. The duties of the Vice-President shall be to assist
the President in directing the activities of the society, as requested
and to preside at official functions of the society when the President
may not be able to be present. The Vice-President will succeed to
the office of President in case the President should not be able
to complete his or her elected term.
GENERAL-SECRETARY. The duties of the General-Secretary shall be to serve
as the chief executive officer of the society, to maintain the general
office of the society, to promote its various activities, and to
handle all matters relating to membership in the society. TREASURER.
The duties of the Treasurer shall be to receive and handle all money
the society may receive from any source, to keep an adequate record
open for auditing, and to dispense the funds of the society as directed
by the General-Secretary.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The society shall also have a Board of Directors
consisting of the Presidents of the various national, multi-national
or linguistic sections and one member for each additional twenty-five
members of a section, elected by members of that section. The President,
Vice-President, and General-Secretary will be members of the Board
of Directors. The President shall serve as its Chairman and the
General-Secretary shall serve as its secretary. The duties of the
Board of Directors shall be to nominate all candidates for the general
offices of the society as they may be needed, to approve the time
and location of the international congresses of the society, and
to act on all matters involving the legal commitments of the society.
The official language for the activities of the Board will be English.
ADVISORS. The society shall also have Advisors consisting of notable
Neoplatonic scholars, nominated by the President and selected by
the Board of Directors. Once appointed, an Advisor shall serve for
life. The duties of the Advisors shall be to offer suggestions at
their own initiative to the general officers of the society concerning
the activities of the society and to serve as consultants on special
issues and areas of Neoplatonism when their knowledge is requested.
NATIONAL, MULTI-NATIONAL, or LINGUISTIC SECTIONS. The society shall
also have organizational units call "Sections," organized
on a national, multi-national or linguistic basis, whenever a sufficient
number of members in a region desire to form their own section.
Each section, however, must have and maintain a minimum of twenty
five members in order to be a section. Each section shall have its
own President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer, elected
by the members of that section. The application for the affiliation
of a new section with the society must be approved by a two-thirds
vote of the member of the Board of Directors. The duties of the
President of each section will be to plan and direct the meetings
and other scholarly activities of the section and to coordinate
the work of the section with the international activities of the
society. The duties of the Vice-President of a section will be to
assist the President of the section in the work of the section and
to assume the office of President should the President not be able
to complete his or her elected term.
The duties of the Secretary-Treasurer of each section shall be to maintain
the general office of that section to handle all matters pertaining
to membership and finance for that section, and to keep in communication
with the General-Secretary of the society on all activities of the
society, and especially on matters pertaining to membership and
Election of Officers:
GENERAL OFFICERS: The election of all general officers of the society
shall be by the vote of members in good standing in all sections
from two nominees for each office presented by the Board of Directors.
A member shall be listed as not in good standing if he or she is
two years in arrears in payment of the dues of that section. Elections
for general officers will be conducted by the General-Secretary.
OFFICERS OF SECTIONS: The election of officers within the various sections
will be by vote of the members in
good standing in that section and shall be conducted by the Secretary
Treasurer of the section.
Terms of Office:
All officers of the society, including all officers of all sections, shall
be elected to five years terms and may be re-elected to serve one
more five year term.
In all countries, membership in the society is open to college and university
professors, graduate students, and other scholars engaged in the
study of Neoplatonism. Membership in the society shall be by membership
in one of its sections. The qualifications for membership may vary
from section to section, but generally a candidate should show some
evidence of scholarly standing, either through position or degree,
or evidence of having completed some meritorious research involving
studies in Neoplatonism. Only members of the society (any section)
will be permitted to present a paper at any of the meetings of the
society, but an exception to this rule may be granted by the President
of any section.
Dues for membership in a section shall be determined by the officers
of the section and shall be paid on an annual basis. No less than
one-fifth of the dues for each section shall be sent annually by
the Treasurer of each section to the Treasurer of the Society for
the use of the General-Secretary in the promotion of the work of
the society. Sections more than three years in arrears in payment
of one-fifth of their dues to the society will lose their affiliation
with the society.
The society shall be chartered as a United States public tax free non-profit
institution under sections 501(c)3; 509(a)(1); and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
Distribution of Assets upon Dissolution of the Association:
In the event that this association is dissolved, its assets will revert to
the first institution which served as its sponsor for at least three
years, namely, the Department of Philosophy of Old Dominion University,
such institution being a 501(c)3 organization. However, if the named
recipient is no longer in existence or is no longer a qualified
distributor or is unwilling or unable to accept this function, the
assets shall then be distributed to a fund, foundation, or corporation
organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes, who
will use these assets in some manner to promote the study of Late
Hellenistic and Roman philosophy.
No part of the net earnings of the society shall inure to the benefit
of, or be distributable to, its members, directors, officers, or
other private persons, except that the society shall be authorized
and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered
and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes
set forth under "Aim" above. No substantial part of the
activities of the activities of the society shall be the carrying
on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation,
and the society shall not participate in, or intervene in (including
the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign
on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any
other provision of these articles, the society shall not carry on
any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation
exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future
United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by a corporation, contributions
to which are deductible under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal
The Society shall be sponsored by one or more colleges or universities
who provide financial assistance to it in some form. The approval
of sponsorship by a department or division of a college or university
will be by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors, and may
be changed by the two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors.