Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

Joint Program Faculty

The Joint Program is supervised by the Joint Program Committee and its Director. Many other faculty in each Department have active teaching and research interests in or directly relevant to ancient philosophy.

Classics Faculty

DAVID ARMSTRONG (Ph.D. 1968, Texas) is Professor Emeritus of Classics. Expert in many areas of Greek and Roman literature, he is the author of Horace (Yale 1989) and numerous articles on Greek and Latin poetry, ancient literary criticism, and Epicureanism. His current research centers on the Epicurean Philodemus and he has been active in the Philodemus Translation Project since 1993. He is preparing editions and translations of Philodemus, On Anger and On Death (Oxford), and with Jeffrey Fish of Philodemus, On Poetry Book 5. He is also co-editor of Philodemus, Vergil, and the Augustans: Proceedings of the Cumae Conference (Austin 2004).

LESLEY DEAN-JONES (Ph.D. 1987, Stanford) is Associate Professor and Chair of Classics. A specialist in ancient medicine, she has written Women's Bodies in Classical Greek Science (Oxford 1994) and articles on many aspects of ancient medicine and its influence on ancient thought and culture. Her article on "The Politics of Pleasure: Female Sexual Appetite in the Hippocratic Corpus" in Helios 19 (1992) received an award from the Women's Classical Caucus of the American Philological Association. She has held fellowships from the ACLS, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. She is a past President of the Society for Ancient Medicine.

MICHAEL GAGARIN (Ph.D. 1968, Yale) is James R. Dougherty Centennial Professor Emeritus of Classics. His research covers many areas of Greek thought and literature, and especially Greek law and rhetoric. His books include Writing Greek Law (Cambridge 2008), Antiphon the Athenian: Oratory, Law and Justice in the Age of the Sophists (Austin 2002), Antiphon: The Speeches (Cambridge 1997), Early Greek Law (Berkeley 1986), Drakon and Early Athenian Homicide Law (New Haven 1981), and Aeschylean Drama (Berkeley 1976). Co-editor with Paul Woodruff of Early Greek Political Thought from Homer to the Sophists (Cambridge 1995) and with  David Cohen of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law (Cambridge 2005), he has also edited collections on Greek law and is Series Editor of The Oratory of Classical Greece, a fifteen-volume series of translations of the Greek Orators (Texas 1998-). He has held numerous fellowships and is a past President of the American Philological Association.

STEPHEN WHITE (Ph.D. 1987, California-Berkeley) is Professor of Classics and Philosophy. His areas of specialization are ancient ethics, Aristotle and his school, and Hellenistic philosophy. He is author of Sovereign Virtue: Aristotle on the Relation between Prosperity and Happiness (Stanford 1992), articles on many areas of ancient philosophy and literature, and an edition of sources for Hieronymus of Rhodes. He is also co-editor with W.W. Fortenbaugh of two volumes on the Hellenistic Lyceum: Hieronymus and Lyco of Troas, and Aristo of Ceos. He has held fellowships from the ACLS and the Institute for Advanced Study.

Philosophy Faculty

MATT EVANS (Ph.D. 2004, UT Austin) is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Joint Program. His research focuses primarily on topics in ancient philosophy, with an emphasis on ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. He has published articles on Plato's account of the ethical status of pleasure and pain, Plato's response to Protagoras, Socratic intellectualism, and the Epicurean justification of friendship. He is currently at work on a book on Parmenides. He has held fellowships from the Princeton University Center for Human Values and from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

R. JAMES HANKINSON (Ph.D. 1986, Cambridge) is Professor of Philosophy and Classics. A specialist in ancient philosophy, he also has special interests in ancient medicine and philosophy of science. He is author of Cause and Explanation in Ancient Greek Thought (Oxford 1998), The Sceptics (Routledge: Arguments of the Philosophers 1995), and several translations with philosophical commentary: Galen: On the Therapeutic Method (Oxford 1991), Galen on Antecedent Causes (Cambridge 1999), Aristotle's De Caelo (Oxford, forthcoming in two volumes), and Simplicius' Commentary on De Caelo (Duckworth, forthcoming in two volumes). He has also edited Method, Medicine, and Metaphysics (1988). His articles include the essays on science and philosophy of science in The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle (1995). He was Director of the Joint Program 1992-1996, and he is currently Editor of Apeiron, a journal for ancient philosophy and science.

A. P. D. MOURELATOS (Ph.D. 1964, Yale) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. A specialist in the Presocratics and Greek cosmology, he has published widely in classics, ancient philosophy, ancient science, and linguistics. He is the author of The Route of Parmenides (Yale 1970; revised and expanded 2008) and editor of an influential collection on The Pre-Socratics (Princeton 1974; revised 1993). He has held fellowships from the NEH, ACLS, and Guggenheim Foundation; he has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; and he is a member of the Academy of Athens. He has also been Visiting Professor at the University of Crete and Carleton College. He founded the Joint Program in 1967 and was its Director until 1992.

PAUL B. WOODRUFF (Ph.D. 1973, Princeton) is Professor of Philosophy, Darrell K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has published numerous articles on Socrates and Plato, on aesthetics and ethics, and translations of Plato's Hippias Major (1982) and Ion (1983), with Alexander Nehamas of Plato's Symposium (1989) and Phaedrus (1995), of Euripides' Bacchae, and with Peter Meineck of Sophocles. His publications include The Necessity of Theater (Oxford 2008), First Democracy (Oxford 2005), Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue (Oxford 2001), Early Greek Political Thought from Homer to the Sophists (Cambridge 1995, with M. Gagarin), Thucydides on Justice, Power, and Human Nature (Hackett 1993), and contributions to Essays on the Philosophy of Socrates (Oxford 1994), Essays on Aristotle's Poetics (Princeton 1992), and The Cambridge Companion to Early Greek Philosophy (1999). He is also co-editor with Nicholas Smith of a collection of essays, Socrates on Reason and Religion (Oxford 2000). He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and has twice directed NEH seminars on ancient philosophy.