The Department of Greek and Latin incorporates work on early Greek philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic philosophy as well as on the contemporary reception of ancient philosophy. Within ancient philosophy, the Department boasts particular expertise in early Greek philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, and in the in the interaction of literature and philosophy in philosophical texts.
Greek and Latin maintains a close relationship with the Philosophy Department at UCL, which boasts research expertise in Plato, Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy. Greek and Latin collaborates with Philosophy in research activities and events within the Keeling Centre for Ancient Philosophy, including the annual S.V. Keeling Memorial Lecture and the Keeling Colloquia. The Department also has a close involvement in the Ancient Philosophy Seminars at the Institute of Classical Studies.
All staff regularly teach BA and MA modules on their research specialisms and welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who want to work on Ancient Philosophy.
Staff with research interests in ancient philosophy include:
- Miriam Leonard (Greek literature and philosophy; reception of ancient philosophy in modern European thought; critical theory)
- Elena Cagnoli Fiecconi (ancient philosophy; Aristotle; virtue ethics; moral psychology)
- Nicolò Benzi (Greek philosophy and literature; the reception of early Greek philosophy in Athenian tragedy; Plato's relation to the Epic and Lyric tradition)
- Peter Agócs (Memory in Plato and Aristotle)
- Fiachra Mac Góráin (Philosophy in Roman texts)
- Andrew Gregory (Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, with expertise in ancient and early modern science, ancient philosophy, and the relation of magic and science)
- Tom Mackenzie (Presocratic philosophy, especially Parmenides and Empedocles; Hellenistic literature and philosophy; interdisciplinary approaches to ancient texts that combine philosophical and literary-critical methodologies)
For current PhD students whose research includes ancient philosophy and its reception see the list of PhD research projects