Lee A Franklin Professor of Philosophy, Interim Director of the Faculty Center
Ph.D., Philosophy, 2001, The Ohio State University,
BA, Philosophy (Magna Cum Laude), 1995, Yale University
My research focuses on Plato's philosophical method, dialectic, and its relation to his metaphysics. Currently, I am working on a project on investigation from hypothesis, a method that appears in Plato's Meno, Phaedo, and Republic.
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Grants & Awards
- Franklin & Marshall College Nominee for NEH Summer Research Stipend, 2007
- Franklin & Marshall College Nominee for NEH Summer Research Stipend, 2006
- 2005, State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Teaching
- 2005, The University at Albany Award for Excellence in Teaching
- "Dichotomy and Platonic Diairesis," History of Philosophy Quarterly 28 (2011), 1-20.
- "Investigation from Hypothesis in Plato's Meno: An Unorthodox Reading," Apeiron 43 (2010), 87-115.
- "Meno's Paradox, the Slave Boy Interrogation, and the Unity of Platonic Recollection," The Southern Journal of Philosophy 47 (2009), 349-377.
- "Techne and Teleology in Plato's Gorgias," Apeiron XXXVIII, no.4 (2005), 229-255.
- "Recollection and Philosophical Reflection in Plato's Phaedo," Phronesis L (2005), 289-314.
- "Commentary on Devereux," Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, 20 (2004), 306-311.
- "The Structure of Dialectic in the Meno," Phronesis XLVI (2001), 413-439
- “Dialectical Expertise in the Sophist,” Annual meeting of the Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy, October 2011.
- “Comment on Debra Nails’ ‘Two Dogmas of Platonism,’” Boston Area Colloquium on Ancient Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross, November 2011.
- 34th Annual Workshop in Ancient Philosophy, University of Texas, March 2010, “Dichotomy and Platonic Diairesis”
- Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy, Autumn Meeting, Fordham University, October 2009, “Hypothesis in the Divided Line.”
- Athens Institute of Education and Research, 3rd International Conference on Philosophy, June 2008. “The Unity and Continuity of Recollection.”
- Vassar College, Philosopher’s Holiday Speaker Series, October 2004. “Recollection in Plato’s Meno.”
- Stanford University, Department of Philosophy, February 2004. “Recollection and Philosophical Reflection in Plato’s Phaedo.”
- The International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, Annual Conference, June 2003. “The Unity of the Tripartite Soul.”
- Boston Area Colloquium on Ancient Philosophy, May 2003. “Response to Devereux.”
- Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy, Central APA Meeting, April 2003. “Technêand Teleology in Plato’s Gorgias.”
- New York Colloquium on Ancient Philosophy, April 2002. “Gorgias493-501: The Refutation of Callicles.”
- Brown University, Departments of Classics and Philosophy, February 2001. “Recollection in Plato’s Phaedo.”
- Kenyon College, Department of Philosophy, November 2000. “The Structure of Dialectic in the Meno.”
PHI210: History of Ancient Philosophy: Ancient Greek Philosophy occupies a unique place in the history of western philosophy as the origin of the questions and methods that define the tradition. At the same time, the Ancient Greek tradition is distinguished from later periods by the central place it assigns to the question, “How should one live?” This semester we will explore both aspects of the tradition in the three most important Greek philosophers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Among the questions we will explore are: What is the good life for human beings? What is most real? What is knowledge and how do we go about getting it? Why should I care about other people?