People

People

Who We Are

Honorary President

Professor Denis O’Brien


Core Members

Professor John Dillon

Professor Vasilis Politis

Dr Keith Begley

Dr David Horan

Dr Peter D. Larsen

Dr Brendan O’Byrne

Dr Pauline Sabrier

Professor Andrew Smith

Dr Daniel Vázquez


Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Giulio Di Basilio

Dr Margaret Hampson


Current Graduate Students

Didi Dong

Liming Jiao

William Strigel

Robert Toth

Jiayu Zhang


Former Postodoctoral Fellows

Dr Nicholas Banner

Dr Nicolò Benzi

Dr Christopher Buckels

Dr Ugo Zilioli


Former Graduate Students

Dr Olaf Almqvist

Dr Keith Begley

Dr Tianqin Ge

Dr David Horan

Dr Eleni Kaklamanou

Dr Peter D. Larsen

Dr Carl O’Brien

Dr Pauline Sabrier

Dr Colm Shanahan

Dr Jun Su


Members

Professor John Cleary †

Professor Dragos Calma

Dr Tim Crowley

Dr William Desmond

Professor Dermot Moran

Professor Fran O’Rourke

Dr Patrick Quinn


Corresponding Members

Professor Eugene Afonasin

Professor José Baracat Jr.

Professor George Boys-Stones

Dr Damian Caluori

Professor Riccardo Chiaradonna

Professor Eyjolfur Emilsson

Dr Mohammad Javad Esmaeili

Professor John Finamore

Professor Levan Gigineishvili

Professor John Glucker

Professor Verity Harte

Professor Douglas Hedley

Professor Christoph Helmig

Professor George Karamanolis

Professor Richard King

Professor André Laks

Dr David Lee

Professor Wei Liu

Professor A.A. Long

Professor Mary Margaret McCabe

Professor Jan Opsomer

Professor Catherine Rowett

Professor David T Runia

Professor Dominic Scott

Professor David Sedley

Professor Anne Sheppard

Dr Yuri Shichalin

Professor Marie-Louise Zovko


 
Professor Denis O’Brien

Professor Denis O’Brien

Honorary President
Institutional Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin – Trinity Plato Centre


I spent fifteen happy years in Cambridge, as successively a Scholar of Trinity College and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, followed by fifty even happier years in Paris, first at the Centre Léon Robin, part of the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne), in fact open to a wide range of participants, young and old, interested in la Pensée Antique, later joining an independent research group, specialising in Doctrines de la Fin de l’Antiquité et du Haut Moyen Age, founded by Jean Pépin, who in due course asked me to take over responsibility for running the ‘équipe’.

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Professor John Dillon

Professor John Dillon

Director Emeritus
Institutional Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin – Department of Classics
dillonj@tcd.ie

I studied Classics at Oxford, and subsequently completed a Ph.D., at the University of California, Berkeley, joining the faculty there in 1969. In 1980, I took up the Regius Chair of Greek at Trinity College Dublin, and remained in that post until my retirement in 2006. I am founder and Director Emeritus of the Trinity Plato Centre.

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Professor Vasilis Politis

Professor Vasilis Politis

Director (2005-2016)
Institutional Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin – Department of Philosophy
vpolitis@tcd.ie

Born in Athens, Greece, in 1963, I was brought to Denmark by my father, the architect Yannos Politis, in 1970, where I went to school till 1981, before moving to Oxford in 1982. From 1982 till 1992 I was in Oxford (St. John’s College and St. Anne’s College), studying first for a BA (1986); then for a BPhil (1989); finally for a DPhil (1994). In 1992 I came to TCD, where I have been since: first (1992–1997) in a fixed-term position; and since 1997 in a permanent position.

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Dr Keith Begley

Dr Keith Begley

Core Member
Institutional Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin – Department of Philosophy
begleyk@tcd.ie

I studied Mental and Moral Science (Philosophy) at Trinity College Dublin. My final year dissertation was a comparison between the philosophies of Heraclitus and Lao Tzu. I graduated in 2009, and then returned to TCD a year later and enrolled on the Dublin Graduate Philosophy Programme. My Ph.D. thesis focused on opposites and had two parts, the first was about the Unity of Opposites in Heraclitus, and the second was about antonymy in philosophy of language and linguistics especially in the work of Jerrold J. Katz. I was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy during the 2017–2020 academic years, and I designed and coordinated the inaugural year of the ‘History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Science’ core modules for undergraduate science students. I am currently studying towards a Higher Diploma / M.Sc. in Computer Science at University College Dublin.

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Dr David Horan

Dr David Horan

Core Member
Institutional Affiliation: Irish Centre for Platonic Studies
davidphoran@gmail.com

I completed my PhD in 2014 in the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Professor Vasilis Politis. My thesis, which was on Plato’s Parmenides was examined by Professors Mary Margaret McCabe and Peter Simons.

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Dr Peter D. Larsen

Dr Peter D. Larsen

Core Member
Institutional Affiliation: Dublin City University – School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
 larsenp@tcd.ie

I studied Philosophy and Religion at American University in Washington DC, completing a BA (with honors) in 2005. I subsequently completed an M.Litt. (2007) at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). I returned to TCD in 2008 to pursue a Ph.D., which I completed in 2012 with a dissertation on Plato’s theory of sense perception. Since completing my Ph.D. I have taught in the Department of Philosophy at TCD, and the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin. I am currently a Part-Time Lecturer in the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University.

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Dr Brendan O’Byrne

Dr Brendan O’Byrne

Core Member
Institutional Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin – Department of Philosophy
obyrnebr@tcd.ie
Dr Pauline Sabrier

Dr Pauline Sabrier

Core Member
Institutional Affiliation: FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
sabrierp@tcd.ie

I studied Philosophy in Paris (Sorbonne-University) and Dublin (Trinity College), where I obtained my PhD in 2017 under the supervision of Professor Vasilis Politis. Since then I have worked in China (Sun Yat-Sen University) and am currently based in Germany (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg). My research focuses primarily on Plato’s metaphysics, espeically in late dialogues like the Sophist.
Professor Andrew Smith

Professor Andrew Smith

Associate Director
Institutional Affiliation: University College Dublin – School of Classics
andrew.smith@ucd.ie

I studied Classics at the University of Hull (BA 1966) and began research on later Greek Philosophy at the University of Hull and the University of Bern under the direction of Professor Willy Theiler. I was Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Greek, University of Liverpool (1969-70). I was Lecturer in Classics University College Galway (1970-1974). From 1974 -1992 I was Lecturer in Classics University College Dublin (UCD). From 1992-2010 I was Professor of Classics at UCD. My interests lie primarily in Ancient Philosophy but also in the archaeology of the ancient world.

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Dr Daniel Vázquez

Dr Daniel Vázquez

Core Member
Institutional Affiliation: UAB, Barcelona – Department of Philosophy (PROTEUS Project)
svazqueh@gmail.com

I am a philosopher specialized in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, currently working on causation and time in Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics. My research interests include the scepticism of Sextus Empiricus, Plato’s ethics and cosmology, as well as the Stoic reception of Plato.

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Dr Giulio Di Basilio

Dr Giulio Di Basilio

IRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Institutional Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin – Department of Philosophy
Mentor: Professor Vasilis Politis
dibasilg@tcd.ie

I am currently an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2021) at Trinity College Dublin. I specialise in Ancient Philosophy, with a particular emphasis on Aristotle’s Ethics. My current project focuses on Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics, which I attempt to consider as a self-standing ethical work in its own right.

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Dr Margaret Hampson

Dr Margaret Hampson

IRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Institutional Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin – Department of Philosophy
Mentor: Professor Vasilis Politis
hampsonm@tcd.ie

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin. I specialise in ancient philosophy, with a particular interest on Aristotle’s Ethics and Moral Psychology.

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Didi Dong

Didi Dong

Institutional Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin – Department of Philosophy
Mentor: Professor Vasilis Politis
dongdidi1994@qq.com

I am a John Dillon fellow in the Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, and the Trinity Plato Centre. My research focuses on Plato’s and Aristotle’s ethics. My current research project focuses on the place and limits of reason in Plato’s and Aristotle’s ethics. I am working with Dr. Giulio Di Basilio and Dr. Margaret Hampson to compare Plato’s and Aristotle’s approaches to the question of the role of reason in ethics.
Liming Jiao

Liming Jiao

Current Graduate Student
Institutional Affiliation:  Trinity College Dublin – Department of Philosophy
Mentor: Professor Vasilis Politis
Email: jiaol@tcd.ie

I received my MA in Philosophy from Wuhan University in 2015. I have been working toward a PhD in Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, under the supervision of Prof Vasilis Politis since 2017. The topic of my PhD project is: Plato’s theory of knowledge – A reliabilist and teleological approach based on Republic and Timaeus.
William Strigel

William Strigel

Current Graduate Student
Institutional Affiliation:  Trinity College Dublin – Department of Classics
Email: w_strigel@hotmail.com

I completed my Masters in Ancient Philosophy at Durham University under Luca Castagnoli and George Boys-Stones in 2012, with a dissertation on Plato’s Clitophon in relation to the philosopher’s rival sophistic movements. After spending some time at the University of Oklahoma under Hugh Benson working on Socratic method, and later at the University of Heidelberg in independent study on Euclides of Megara (and German), I have been a graduate student in the Trinity College Dublin Department of Classics, working with Ashley Clements on Plato and the philosophical appropriation of comic tropes. The title of my current project is:  Plato and the Legacy of Aristophanes – on Philosophy’s Confrontations with the Laughable.
Robert Toth

Robert Toth

Current Graduate Student
Institutional Affiliation:  Trinity College Dublin – Department of Philosophy
Mentor: Professor Vasilis Politis
Email: tothr@tcd.ie

I am a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. My thesis, which I am undertaking under the supervision of Professor Vasilis Politis, is titled: The relation among forms in Plato’s metaphysics. I am also a recipient of the Provost’s Postgraduate Award.
Jiayu Zhang

Jiayu Zhang

Current Graduate Student
Institutional Affiliation:  Trinity College Dublin – Department of Philosophy
Mentor: Professor Vasilis Politis
Email: zhangj7@tcd.ie

From September 2010 to June 2014, I studied psychology at Shaanxi Normal University, and was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree. My final year thesis concerned Kant’sunderstanding of psychology and its contemporary significance. From September 2014 to June 2017, I studied at Renmin University. My master’s studies focused on Aristotle’s Natural Philosophy, and I was awarded a master’s degree in Philosophy with a thesis on Aristotle’s teleology of simple bodies. I have, since September 2017, been a graduate student at TCD working toward my PhD under the supervision of Professor Vasilis Politis. The title of my PhD dissertation is Aristotle’s Theory of Simple Bodies. My graduate studies have been funded through a China Scholarship Council Fellowship award.
 
Dr Nicholas Banner

Dr Nicholas Banner

IRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Institutional Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin – Department of Classics
Mentor: Professor John Dillon
nicholasbanner@gmail.com

I studied Classics at King’s College, London (BA 1998) and Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam (2008). I went on to write my PhD thesis on ‘philosophic silence’ in the thought of the great Platonist philosopher Plotinus (University of Exeter 2013). I am currently an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Classics at Trinity College Dublin, working with Professor John Dillon. My project is entitled Accounts of the Ascent: Cosmology, Embodiment, and Narratives of Cosmic Journeying in Ancient Platonism.

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Dr Nicolò Benzi

Dr Nicolò Benzi

Former Postdoctoral Fellow
Institutional Affiliation: University College London – Department of Greek and Latin
n.benzi@ucl.ac.uk

I was born and educated in Bologna, Italy. After completing a BA in Electronic Engineering, I took a BA and an MA in Philosophy at the University of Bologna. I then did a PhD in Classics at Durham University, where I graduated with a dissertation entitled Philosophy in Verse: Competition and Early Greek Philosophical Thought. Before coming to UCL, I spent one year at Trinity College Dublin as the Newman Research Fellow in the Trinity Plato Centre. My research focuses on the intersection of Greek philosophy and literature.

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Dr Christopher Buckels

Dr Christopher Buckels

Former Postdoctoral Fellow
Institutional Affiliation: Junípero Serra High School
cbuckels@hotmail.com

I am an active scholar in ancient philosophy, primarily in Platonic metaphysics. I am interested in the metaphysical composition of particulars in Plato. I’m also a teacher and department chair of the Theology Department at Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, CA. I teach a philosophy course that introduces students to philosophy and philosophical thought experiments. I also teach senior theology, which explores the good life, using both philosophical (e.g., portions of Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics) and theological texts (e.g., Aquinas’ Summa Theologica) as springboards for thinking about our own lives in practical and concrete ways. I occasionally teach other courses, such as Ethics, Christology, and Church History. I am also teacher coach of the Junípero Serra Mock Trial Team and the Ethics Bowl Team.

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Dr Ugo Zilioli

Dr Ugo Zilioli

Former Postdoctoral Fellow
Institutional Affiliation: Durham University – Department of Classics and Ancient History
ugo_zilioli@yahoo.co.uk

I gained the Laurea in Filosofia at the University of Bologna (1997) and my PHD at Durham University (2002). I have held teaching and research positions at Exeter and Durham (UK), TCD (Ireland) and Parma and Pisa (Italy).  My research interests mainly lie in the history of ideas–from ancient philosophy, both ancient and non-western, to contemporary metaphysics. I am also very keen on the public uses of philosophy, that is, how philosophy can reach out for the benefit of the general public. For this aim, I have co-founded The Well-Pheal Foundation: http://www.well-pheal.org.
 
Dr Olaf Almqvist

Dr Olaf Almqvist

Former Graduate Student
Institutional Affiliation: University College Dublin – School of Classics
almqviso@tcd.ie
Dr Keith Begley

Dr Keith Begley

Core Member
Institutional Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin – Department of Philosophy
begleyk@tcd.ie

I studied Mental and Moral Science (Philosophy) at Trinity College Dublin. My final year dissertation was a comparison between the philosophies of Heraclitus and Lao Tzu. I graduated in 2009, and then returned to TCD a year later and enrolled on the Dublin Graduate Philosophy Programme. My Ph.D. thesis focused on opposites and had two parts, the first was about the Unity of Opposites in Heraclitus, and the second was about antonymy in philosophy of language and linguistics especially in the work of Jerrold J. Katz. I was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy during the 2017–2020 academic years, and I designed and coordinated the inaugural year of the ‘History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Science’ core modules for undergraduate science students. I am currently studying towards a Higher Diploma / M.Sc. in Computer Science at University College Dublin.

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Dr Tianqin Ge

Dr Tianqin Ge

Former Graduate Student
Institutional Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin – Department of Philosophy
Email: geti@tcd.ie

I teach Philosophy at Southeast University, P.R. China, after receiving my PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2020, where I was an Ussher Fellow. I work on Aristotle’s metaphysics and biology, as well as the commentary tradition in antiquity. My PhD was on: The relation between the what-it-is and the why-it-is in Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics, On the Parts of Animals, and Metaphysics.
Dr David Horan

Dr David Horan

Core Member
Institutional Affiliation: Irish Centre for Platonic Studies
davidphoran@gmail.com

I completed my PhD in 2014 in the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Professor Vasilis Politis. My thesis, which was on Plato’s Parmenides was examined by Professors Mary Margaret McCabe and Peter Simons.

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Dr Eleni Kaklamanou

Dr Eleni Kaklamanou

Former Graduate Student
Institutional Affiliation: The Open University, Cyprus – Department of Philosophy
kaklamae@tcd.ie

I received my Ph.D in  Ancient Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. I am an adjunct lecturer at the Open University of Cyprus. I have formerly taught philosophy at the Universities of Crete and Cyprus. My main research interests include: Plato and Platonism, political philosophy, ancient political theories, aesthetics, theories of knowledge.
Dr Peter D. Larsen

Dr Peter D. Larsen

Core Member
Institutional Affiliation: Dublin City University – School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
 larsenp@tcd.ie

I studied Philosophy and Religion at American University in Washington DC, completing a BA (with honors) in 2005. I subsequently completed an M.Litt. (2007) at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). I returned to TCD in 2008 to pursue a Ph.D., which I completed in 2012 with a dissertation on Plato’s theory of sense perception. Since completing my Ph.D. I have taught in the Department of Philosophy at TCD, and the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin. I am currently a Part-Time Lecturer in the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University.

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Dr Carl O’Brien

Dr Carl O’Brien

Former Graduate Student
Institutional Affiliation: University of Heidelberg
obriencs@tcd.ie

During my time at the Trinity Plato Centre, I held a Swiss Confederation Scholarship at the University of Fribourg and a Government of Ireland Scholarship. After completing my doctorate at Trinity College Dublin with Prof. John Dillon, I lectured in the Classics Departments at University College Cork and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth before moving to the Department of Philosophy, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg where I held both Alexander von Humboldt and Fritz Thyssen Fellowships.

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Dr Pauline Sabrier

Dr Pauline Sabrier

Core Member
Institutional Affiliation: FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
sabrierp@tcd.ie

I studied Philosophy in Paris (Sorbonne-University) and Dublin (Trinity College), where I obtained my PhD in 2017 under the supervision of Professor Vasilis Politis. Since then I have worked in China (Sun Yat-Sen University) and am currently based in Germany (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg). My research focuses primarily on Plato’s metaphysics, espeically in late dialogues like the Sophist.
Dr Colm Shanahan

Dr Colm Shanahan

Former Graduate Student
colmjj@gmail.com
Dr Jun Su

Dr Jun Su

Former Graduate Student
Institutional Affiliation: China University of Political Science and Law
suju@tcd.ie
 
Professor John Cleary †

Professor John Cleary †

Member
Professor Dragos Calma

Professor Dragos Calma

Member
Institutional Affiliation: University College Dublin – School of Philosophy
dragos.calma@ucd.ie

Specialised in the history of medieval philosophy, I am particularly interested in theories pertaining to metaphysics and theories of soul in the 13th-16th centuries. One of the aims of my research consists in enlarging our knowledge of the Western thought by unearthing, editing and analysing previously unknown philosophical texts preserved in medieval manuscripts. I studied philosophy at the University “Babes-Bolyai” in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (BA in 2001), at the École normale supérieure, Paris (2001-2003), at the University Panthéone-Sorbonne (MA in 2002) and University of Sorbonne (MPhil in 2003, PhD in 2008). I held research fellowships at the University of Sorbonne (the Fritz Thyssen Foundation), the Warburg Institute (the A.W. Mellon Foundation), the University of Bonn (the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) and the University of Cambridge (the British Academy and the Royal Society). Since 2011, my studies focus mainly on the reception of Proclus’ metaphysics in the Latin West. On this topic I directed major research grants awarded by the Romanian National Council at the University “Babes-Bolyai” (2011-2016) and the French National Research Agency at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (2013-2017). At University College Dublin, I direct an ERC Consolidator Grant project (2018-2023) on Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions. Its aim is to build upon the preliminary achievements of the previous projects, to deepen and integrate them into a much wider and systematic investigation of the Neoplatonic legacy in which the Western tradition is only a part of a global history of knowledge. For my work I was awarded the Friederich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2018).
Dr Tim Crowley

Dr Tim Crowley

Member
Institutional Affiliation: University College Dublin – School of Philosophy
tim.crowley@ucd.ie

I was born in London, educated at Cork, Dublin, Louvain, and Oxford. I obtained my DPhil at the University of Oxford in December 2008 for the thesis ‘Aristotle on the Matter of the Elements’. Supervisors: Professor Michael Frede and Dr Ben Morison. Examiners: Mr Edward Hussey (All Souls College, Oxford) and Professor Malcolm Schofield (St. John’s College, Cambridge). I was awarded the University of Oxford’s Conington Prize in 2010 for best dissertation in Ancient Philosophy.
Dr William Desmond

Dr William Desmond

Member
Institutional Affiliation: NUI Maynooth – Department of Ancient Classics
william.desmond@nuim.ie

I am originally from Cork but was educated mainly in the US. I have a BA in classics and philosophy (Loyola, MD), a BSc in mathematics (Open University) and a joint MA and PhD in classics and philosophy (Yale). I was a lecturer at Yale for two years before returning to Ireland where I lectured in UCD, TCD and Milltown, before taking up a permanent post in Maynooth in 2007.
Professor Dermot Moran

Professor Dermot Moran

Member
Institutional Affiliation: Boston College
dermot.moran@bc.edu

I have been Full Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin, holding the National University of Ireland Statutory Chair of Philosophy (Metaphysics & Logic) since 1989 until retirement in 2018

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Professor Fran O’Rourke

Professor Fran O’Rourke

Member
Institutional Affiliation: University College Dublin – School of Philosophy
fran.orourke@ucd.ie
Dr Patrick Quinn

Dr Patrick Quinn

Member
Institutional Affiliation: All Hallows College – Department of Philosophy
 pquinn@allhallows.ie
 
Professor Eugene Afonasin

Professor Eugene Afonasin

Institutional Affiliation: Novosibirsk State University, Russia
afonasin@post.nsu.ru

I am a professor of Philosophy and Roman Law at Novosibirsk State University (Russia); I am also the head of the Centre for Ancient Philosophy and the Classical Tradition of the same university, and the editor of the Journal ΣΧΟΛΗ, associated with the Centre.

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Professor José Baracat Jr.

Professor José Baracat Jr.

Institutional Affiliation: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
baracatjr@hotmail.com

I am Professor of ancient Greek language and literature at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. My main interest is in Neoplatonism, especially Plotinus. I am currently working on the first complete translation of Plotinus’ Enneads into Portuguese.
Professor George Boys-Stones

Professor George Boys-Stones

Institutional Affiliation: University of Toronto
george.boys.stones@utoronto.ca

I am Professor of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. I have wide-ranging interests in Ancient Philosophy, with a special interest in the philosophical movements of the post-Hellenistic period. Before coming to Toronto I was Professor of Ancient Philosophy in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University.
Dr Damian Caluori

Dr Damian Caluori

Corresponding Member
Institutional Affiliation: University of Edinburgh – Department of Philosophy
dcaluori@ed.ac.uk

I joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh in 2019. Before that, I taught at Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, for ten years, first as Assistant Professor, then as Associate Professor. I received my DPhil  in 2008 from the University of Oxford, where I was fortunate enough to be taught by Michael Frede. I was born and raised in Switzerland.
Professor Riccardo Chiaradonna

Professor Riccardo Chiaradonna

Professor of Ancient Philosophy
Institutional Affiliation: Università di Roma Tre
riccardo.chiaradonna@uniroma3.it

I am Professor of Ancient Philosophy in the Dipartimento di Filosofia at Università di Roma Tre. I was born in Rome, March 5 1970. My areas of interest include: Plotinus, Ancient Platonism, Aristotle, Ancient Aristotelian Tradition, Early Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics.
Professor  Eyjolfur Emilsson

Professor Eyjolfur Emilsson

Institutional Affiliation: University of Oslo
e.k.emilsson@ifikk.uio.no

I am Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. I specialise in the history of philosophy, especially ancient and 17th century rationalism. I have also done work in aspects of ethics, philosophy of mind and metaphysics.
Dr Mohammad Javad Esmaeili

Dr Mohammad Javad Esmaeili

Institutional Affiliation: Iranian Institute of Philosophy, Tehran
esmaeili.mj@gmail.com

I obtained my doctorate in philosophy at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran in 2011 with a dissertation on Aristotle’s dynamics in the Greek, Arabic and Latin commentary traditions. At present I am a senior researcher at the Institute. My research focuses on Aristotelian philosophy and science and their impact on the Islamic world, roughly until the end of the seventeenth century CE.
Professor John Finamore

Professor John Finamore

Institutional Affiliation: Department of Classics – University of Iowa
john-finamore@uiowa.edu

I am a professor of Classics at The University of Iowa, where I have taught since 1983. I was chair from 2002-2007 and 2012-2018. I teach courses in Greek and Roman Philosophy, Word Power, Greek, and Latin. I am the author of Iamblichus and the Theory of the Vehicle of the Soul (1985), Iamblichus’ De Anima: Text, Translation, and Commentary (with J.M. Dillon, 2002) and co-editor (with R. Berchman) of both Plato Redivivus: History of Platonism (New Orleans, 2005) and Metaphysical Patterns in Platonism: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Times (New Orleans, 2007), and numerous articles on philosophy and literature. I am editor of The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition and president of the U.S. section of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. My research interests include ancient philosophy, the Platonic Tradition, and Latin poetry. I hold a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in Philosophy from Tufts, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from Rutgers.
Professor Levan Gigineishvili

Professor Levan Gigineishvili

Institutional Affiliation: Ilia State University, Tbilisi


I graduated from the Medieval Studies PhD program at CEU in 2000, and returned to Tbilisi where I started to give lectures in Byzantine literature at the Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Neo-Greek Studies (Javakishvili Tbilisi State University). I held this position till 2005. In 2006 I was appointed to associate professor at the Ilia State University, where I offer several courses such as History of Medieval Philosophy, Christianity and Paganism in Late Antiquity, New Testament: Canon, History, Theology; Philosophy in Medieval Georgia.
Professor John Glucker

Professor John Glucker

Institutional Affiliation: Tel-Aviv University


I am Professor emeritus of Classical Philology and Philosophy, Tel Aviv University. I studied Classics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and then at Oxford, before teaching Classics at Exeter University. In 1978 he was appointed Professor in the Classics Department at Tel Aviv University, where I taught until my retirement.
Professor Verity Harte

Professor Verity Harte

Saden Professor of Philosophy and Classics
Institutional Affiliation: Yale University


I am specialist in ancient philosophy, with particular research interests in ancient metaphysics, epistemology and psychology, especially of Plato and Aristotle. I studied Classics and Philosophy at Cambridge, where I gained her BA (Classics) and M.Phil and PhD (Philosophy) degrees. I held research fellowships at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, and was Lecturer, then Reader, in Philosophy at King’s College London, prior to joining the Faculty at Yale in 2006. At Yale, I hold a joint position in Philosophy and Classics (office in Philosophy: Connecticut Hall).

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Professor Douglas Hedley

Professor Douglas Hedley

Professor of the Philosophy of Religion
Institutional Affiliation: University of Cambridge – Faculty of Divinity
rdh26@cam.ac.uk

I am Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge, and the Principal Investigator on the AHRC grant The Cambridge Platonists at the Origins of Enlightenment: texts, debates, and reception (1650-1730).

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Professor Christoph Helmig

Professor Christoph Helmig

Institutional Affiliation: University of Cologne
christoph.helmig@uni-koeln.de

I studied Classical Philology, Philosophy, and Education in Münster, and at Trinity College Dublin. I completed my Ph.D. on ‘Forms and Concepts’ at KU Leuven. I held a postdoctoral fellowship at KU Leuven on the topic ‘Induction and abstraction in late antiquity, with a special reference to the Greek commentators on Aristotle’. I began my career at the Humboldt University in Berlin, first as an Assistant (Philosophy), then as a Junior Professor for Classical Philology. I am, since October 2012, Professor of Philosophy, with a focus on ancient philosophy at the University of Cologne.
Professor George Karamanolis

Professor George Karamanolis

Institutional Affiliation: University of Vienna
gkaramanolis@univie.ac.at

Ι am a historian of philosophy specializing in Ancient Philosophy, where my main areas of research are Later Ancient Philosophy and Hellenistic Philosophy. I studied in Oxford before taking up a position at the University of Crete. I am currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna.

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Professor Richard King

Professor Richard King

Corresponding Member
Institutional Affiliation: Universität Bern – Institut für Philosophie
richard.king@philo.unibe.ch
Professor André Laks

Professor André Laks

Corresponding Member
Institutional Affiliation: Paris–Sorbonne (emeritus) & l’Universidad Panamericana, Mexico
laks.andre@gmail.com

I was taught at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, at the Sorbonne and at the University of Lille. I was professor of Greek and of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Lille (1983-90 and 1994-2007), at Princeton University (1990-1994), and at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (2007-2011). I have been Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and member of the Institut Universitaire de France. Since my retirement in 2011, I have been teaching at the Universidad Panamericana, Mexico, D.F. My main publications include a book on Plato’s Laws (Médiation et coercition. Pour une lecture des ‘Lois de Platon, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2005) ; an edition of Diogenes of Apollonia (Diogène d’Apollonie. Edition des fragments et des témoignages , Academia Verlag, 2nd ed. 2008), a collection of essays on Aristotle, Plato, and Presocratic philosophy (Histoire, Doxographie, Vérité, Peeters, 2007) ; and (in collaboration with Glenn W. Most) an edition in 9 volumes of Early Greek Philosophy in the Loeb Collection, Harvard University Press, 2017 (also in French by Fayard).
Dr David Lee

Dr David Lee

Corresponding Member
Institutional Affiliation: Oxford University
 david.lee@philosophy.ox.ac.uk

I am currently a Stipendiary Lecturer in Philosophy at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.
Professor Wei Liu

Professor Wei Liu

Institutional Affiliation: Department of Philosophy – Renmin University of China


I am Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Renmin University of China in Beijing.
Professor A.A. Long

Professor A.A. Long

Institutional Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley
aalong@berkeley.edu

I am Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Classics and Irving Stone Professor of Literature Emeritus, and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Between 1961 and 1971 I held lecturer positions in Classics at University of Otago, New Zealand, the University of Nottingham and University College, London, where in 1971 I was promoted to the position of Reader. In 1973 I moved to the University of Liverpool to take up the post of Gladstone Professor of Greek, a position I held until assuming the position of Professor of Classics at University of California, Berkeley in 1982. I retired at the end of June 2013 but continue to be active as a Professor of the Graduate School, teaching courses in Classics and Philosophy, while pursuing my programme of lectures and conferences and visiting appointments and ongoing research.
Professor Mary Margaret McCabe

Professor Mary Margaret McCabe

Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy
Institutional Affiliation: King’s College London
mm.mccabe@kcl.ac.uk

I was educated at Oxford High School for Girls and Newnham College Cambridge. From 1981-1990 I was Fellow in Classics at New Hall, University of Cambridge; I moved to King’s College London in October 1990. I have spent some extended periods in the USA: at Harvard, at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC, and at Princeton. From 2005-2008 I was a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellow. In 2009 I was elected President of the British Philosophical Association. I am the general editor of the Cambridge University Press series Studies in the Dialogues of Plato.
Professor Jan Opsomer

Professor Jan Opsomer

Institutional Affiliation: De Wulf-Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy – KU Leuven
jan.opsomer@kuleuven.be

I am Professor of Philosophy at the De Wulf-Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy at KU Leuven.
Professor Catherine Rowett

Professor Catherine Rowett

Corresponding Member
Institutional Affiliation: University of East Anglia
c.rowett.uea.ac.uk

In 1984 I took up a Junior Research Fellowship at New Hall in Cambridge, and in 1987 I moved to Oxford to a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (in the Philosophy Faculty), with a Senior Research Fellowship at St Anne’s College. In 1990 I moved to a lectureship in the Philosophy Department at Swansea. It was there that I became a philosopher and not just a classicist and patrologist. For three years (2000 to 2003) I was Reader in Greek Culture at the University of Liverpool in the Classics Department (part of the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology), where I taught Intermediate Greek, Tragedy, Women, and Myth to students taking degrees in Classical Studies and Ancient History. In 2003 I moved to UEA as a Lecturer in Philosophy, promoted to Reader in 2006 and to Professor in 2008. In May 2019 I was elected to the European Parliament as the Green Party MEP for the Eastern Region, and served the first seven months of the five year term for which I was elected. Due to the UK leaving the EU, this came to an end in January 2020. I now divide my time between research in philosophy and free lance political work including speaking engagements around the UK and elsewhere in the world. I also supervise graduate students.

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Professor David T Runia

Professor David T Runia

Institutional Affiliation: University of Melbourne
david.runia@acu.edu.au

From 1991 to 1999 I was C J De Vogel Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Utrecht and from 1992 to 2002 I held the chair of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at Leiden University in the Netherlands. From 2002 to 2016 I was Master of Queen’s College at the University of Melbourne, where I have also been a Professorial Fellow since 2002. My research interests are Philo of Alexandria and Hellenistic Judaism, the Platonist tradition in ancient philosophy and the study of the sources of our knowledge of ancient philosophy with a particular emphasis on the role of ancient doxography. I have been the editor of The Studia Philonica Annual (SBL Press) since 1989 and am the chief editor of the monograph series Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae (Brill).
Professor Dominic Scott

Professor Dominic Scott

Corresponding Member
Institutional Affiliation: Oxford university – Faculty of Philosophy
dominic.scott@philosophy.ox.ac.uk

I joined the Faculty in 2015, and am a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. I was an undergraduate in Classics at Cambridge University, where I also did my PhD. I was elected to a Research Fellowship at Clare College Cambridge in 1987, and in 1989 joined the Faculty of Philosophy in Cambridge as an Assistant Lecturer, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2000. I was a teaching Fellow of Clare College from 1990-2007, and an Emeritus Fellow thereafter. In 2007 I moved to the University of Virginia as a Professor of Philosophy. I have held visiting positions at Princeton, Harvard, Merton College Oxford and University College London, and a part-time position at the University of Kent. In 1998-9 I spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies Washington DC, and in 2001-3 I was a British Academy Research Reader. This year I am a Visiting Fellow in Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation.
Professor David Sedley

Professor David Sedley

Emeritus Lawrence Professor of Ancient Philosophy
Institutional Affiliation: University of Cambridge – Facutly of Classics
dns1@cam.ac.uk

I am the Emertius Lawrence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Christ’s College.

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Professor Anne Sheppard

Professor Anne Sheppard

Institutional Affiliation: Department of Classics – Royal Holloway University of London
A.Sheppard@rhul.ac.uk

My research interests centre round the interaction between philosophy and literature. After studying ‘Greats’, i.e. Classics and Philosophy, at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, I did an Oxford DPhil on the literary theory of the Neoplatonist philosopher, Proclus. This led me to work on other aspects of Neoplatonism and in particular to an interest in Neoplatonic psychology and philosophy of mind. I have published on both ancient and modern aesthetics, as well as on Neoplatonism. My book, The Poetics of Phantasia: Imagination in Ancient Aesthetics, dealing with the ancient concept of imagination in relation to literature and art, appeared in March 2014. I am now engaged on a new research project, on views of drama in post-Aristotelian Greek philosophy, and am also preparing a translation, commentary and introduction to Plotinus, Ennead 1.8 for Parmenides Press. I taught Philosophy at Oxford, then Classics at the University of Durham and Philosophy at the Open University before coming to Royal Holloway in 1989. I retired from my full-time post at Royal Holloway in 2017 and am now Professor Emerita of Ancient Philosophy.
Dr Yuri Shichalin

Dr Yuri Shichalin

Institutional Affiliation: Museum Greco-Latinum


I am the Director of the Museum Greco-Latinum in Moscow.
Professor Marie-Louise Zovko

Professor Marie-Louise Zovko

Professor for History of Philosophy
Institutional Affiliation: Institute of Philosophy – University of Zagreb
mezovko@ifzg.hr

I am Professor for History of Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. I obtained a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, with minors in English and German at James Madison University, Virginia (Valedictorian, Class of 1981); M.A. in Philosophy / German Philolology under Privatdozent Dr. Michael Elsässer, 1985 (summa cum laude , “Mit Auszeichnung”; thesis title: Der Zeitbegriff bei Heidegger und Plotin , Freiburg i. Br. 1985), PhD. in Philosophy/German Philology/Classical Greek Philology, mentor Privatdozent Dr. Michael Elsässer († 1990), subsequently Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rang, 1992 ( magna cum laude ; thesis title: Natur und Gott: Das wirkungsgeschichtliche Verhältnis Schellings und Baaders , Freiburg i. Br. 1992) Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg i. Br. I have been employed at the Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb, since 1991. Academic lecturer and mentor, Department of philosophy, Studia Croatica, University of Zagreb, 1992–2016; Adj. professor for history of philosophy 2008–2013;, doctoral advisor, University of Zadar, Humanities Studies, Dept. of Philosophy, 2012–ongoing.