Current Research Projects

The Trinity Plato Centre is an interationally recognised centre of excellence for research in Ancient Philosophy.

The members of the Centre are engaged in diverse research projects on an ongoing basis; and the numerous seminars, workshops and lectures that the Centre organises and hosts feed into the research projects of the members.

Explore current research projects, in which some of the members of the Centre are involved.

Professor John Dillon

Professor John Dillon

Edition of Selected Tractates of Plotinus

Together with Prof. Andrew Smith, I am currently engaged in a project of editing a series of translations of and commentaries on the tractates of Plotinus for Parmenides Publishing. The first of these volumes went to press in 2012, and, to date, more than 15 have been published, with more than 15 more due to come out soon. They are designed to embody new translations of the texts with a running commentary, along the lines of the French edition edited by Pierre Hadot.

Professor Vasilis Politis

Professor Vasilis Politis

POWER – REASON – LOVE: Crosroads in Plato’s Ethics

My current research project poses the question: What is the place of love—erōs­—in life? It investigates this in regard to Plato, Aristotle, and later philosophers. It asks whether the way in which we are disposed to this question makes a significant difference to us today and how we shape ourselves and the world that we inhabit. This project forms the basis of an ERC application, currently under review.

Dr Nicholas Banner

Dr Nicholas Banner

IRC Postodoctoral Fellowship: Accounts of the Ascent

I am currently an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Classics, and the Trinity Plato Centre. I have recently published a mongraph titled Philosophic Silence and the “One” in Plotinus (Cambridge University Press, 2018). I have also recently finished a translation and commentary of Plotinus Ennead V.7, which is forthcoming in the series edited by John Dillon and Andrew Smith (Parmenides Publishing). My current research project is titled Accounts of the Ascent: Cosmology, Embodiment, and Accounts of Cosmic Journeying in Ancient Platonism. As part of this project I am working on a monograph, and also organizing an international conference to be held in the Trinity Long Room Hub on The Theory and Practice of Cosmic Ascent: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approaches.

Dr Giulio Di Basilio

Dr Giulio Di Basilio

IRC Postodoctoral Fellowship: Practical Wisdom, Natural Virtue, and Habituation in Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics

I am an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, and the Trinity Plato Centre. My research focuses on Aristotle’s ethics. My current reseach project is on Practical wisdom, Natural Virtue, and Habituation in Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics. I am preparing an edited volume titled: The relationship between Aristotle’s Eudemian and Nicomachean Ethics, to be published by Routledge. I am also organizing, together with Dr Margaret Hampson, a workshop to be held at Trinity College Dublin on the topic of Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics Book III – The Character Virtues.

Dr Margaret Hampson

Dr Margaret Hampson

IRC Postodoctoral Fellowship: Aristotle on Moral Development and Sensitivity to the Fine

I am an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, and the Trinity Plato Centre. My research focuses on Aristotle’s ethics. My current research project is titled: Aristotle on Moral Development and Sensitivity to the Fine. I am organising, together with Dr Giulio Di Basilio, a workshop to be held at Trinity College Dublin on the topic of Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics Book III – The Character Virtues.

Publication Library

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Plato’s Essentialism: Reinterpreting the Theory of Forms

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Monograph Cambridge University Press

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Note on Plato’s Statesman 275d8–e1

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Journal Article Classical Quarterly

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Is Plato’s Theaetetus an exercise in epistemology? A granite epitaph erected also on the strength of the Parmenides

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Book Chapter Brill

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The Status of Xenocrates in the History of the Text of Plato’s Corpus Reconsidered

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Journal Article Phoenix

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Neoplatonists on the Place of Aristotle’s Biological Works

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Journal Article Journal of Hellenic Studies

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Plotinus: Ennead VI.7, On How there is a Multiplicity of Forms, and On the Good

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Translation and Commentary Parmenides Publishing

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Teleology and Sophistic Endeavour in the ‘Euthydemus’

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Journal Article Australasian Philosophical Review

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“A notion of the true system of the world”: Berkeley and his use of Plato in Siris

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Journal Article Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie

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Middle Platonists and Pythagoreans

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Book Chapter Routledge

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The Platonism behind Basil’s Trinitarian Theology

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Book Chapter Franciscan University Press

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The Learner’s Motivation and the Structure of Habituation in Aristotle

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Journal Article Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie

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Aristotle on the nature of ethos

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Book Chapter Routledge

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Aquinas’ Theory of Decision and its Aristotelian Origins: the Role and Nature of Consent

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Journal Article Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales

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Habituation in Aristotle’s Ethics: The Eudemian Ethics, the Common Books, and the Nicomachean Ethics

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Journal Article Journal of the History of Philosophy

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Aristotle on the Voluntariness of Self-Control and the Lack of Self-Control

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Journal Article British Journal for the History of Philosophy

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EN1113a12: Some Textual Remarks Based on Aspasius

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Journal Article Rheinisches Museum für Philologie

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Aristotle on the Necessity of Habituation: Re-Reading Nicomachean Ethics 2.4

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Journal Article Phronesis

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Teleology, Causation and the Atlas Motif in Plato’s Phaedo

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Journal Article ΣΧΟΛΕ

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In Quest for Authority: Parmenides and the Tradition of Katabasis Narratives

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Book Chapter University of Liverpool Press

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Theories of Knowledge in the Old Academy

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Journal Article Lexicon Philosophicum

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The Goddess Athena as Symbol of Phronesis in Porphyry’s On the Cave of the Nymphs

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Journal Article International Journal of the Platonic Tradition

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Embracing the Academic Tradition: Some Reflections on the Aporetic Elements in Plutarch’s Philosophy

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Book Chapter Academia Verlag

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Philo on the Telos

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Journal Article Studia Philonica Annual

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Autoengaño, ambición y arrogancia en el Alcibíades de Platón

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Book Chapter Panorama

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L’Idee de la tradition dans la philosophie de Plotin

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Book Chapter de Boccard

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Translatio and Antiphrasis: Uses of Metaphorical Language in the De Divina Praedestinatione of Iohannes Scotus Eriugena

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Book Chapter Safarik University Press

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Iamblichus’ Doctrine of the Soul Revisited

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Book Chapter Academia Verlag

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Will the Real Critias Please Stand Up?

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Book Chapter Parmenides Publishing

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Aristoxenus’ Life of Plato

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Book Chapter Transaction Publishers

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The Middle Platonist Demiurge and Stoic Cosmobiology

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Journal Article Horizons 3: Seoul Journal of Humanities

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Dramatic Devices and Philosophical Content in Plato’s Symposium

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Journal Article Archai

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La relación entre necesidad lógica y necesidad de re

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Journal Article Euphyía

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St Basil’s Explanation of Creation

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Book Chapter Åbo Akademi University Press

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