UCL Philosophy


Keeling Scholar in Residence

The Keeling Scholar in Residence is an internationally renown scholar of ancient philosophy who is appointed as an honorary member of the UCL Philosophy Department. Professor David Sedley is the current Keeling Scholar in Residence and Honorary Professor in the Philosophy Department.

Keeling Scholar-in-Residence 2017-18: Prof David Sedley

David Sedley was educated at Trinity College, Oxford and gained his PhD at University College London. Since 1976 he has been a Fellow of Christ's College Cambridge, and held the position of Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge from 2000 until his retirement in 2014. He has also worked as editor for Classical Quarterly (1986-1992) and Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (1998-2007). Prof Sedley was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994.

Prof Sedley has published extensively on a wide range of topics within Ancient Philosophy. He is the co-author, with Prof AA Long, of The Hellenistic Philosophers, and has published monographs on Plato's Cratylus and Plato's Theatetus. Prof Sedley's recent work has focused on Plato's Phaedo. 

In Terms 1 and 2 of 2017/18 academic year, Prof Sedley is teaching a graduate class on 'Dualisms in Ancient Philosophy'.


Key Publications

  • The Hellenistic Philosophers (with A. A. Long), Cambridge 1987
  • Lucretius and the Transformation of Greek Wisdom, Cambridge 1998
  • The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy, Cambridge 2003
  • Plato's Cratylus, Cambridge 2003
  • The Midwife of Platonism. Text and Subtext in Plato's Theaetetus, Oxford 2004
  • Creationism and its Critics in Antiquity, Berkeley and Los Angeles 2007
  • Pyrrhonists, Patricians, Platonizers. Hellenistic Philosophy in the Period 155-86 BC (edited with A. M. Ioppolo), Naples, 2007

Keeling Scholar-in-Residence 2014-2017: Prof MM McCabe

MM McCabe studied at Newnham College Cambridge and has taught at Cambridge and KCL where she is Professor Emerita. MM is a Bye-Fellow of Newnham College Cambridge; she has held visiting appointments at Yale (Spring 2015) and as Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities at Princeton in Spring 2015, and in 2016/17 she delivered the Sather Lectures at Berkeley. Prof McCabe has written extensively in ancient philosophy, mainly on Plato, but also on the Presocratics, Socrates, Aristotle, the Stoics, and the philosophy of medicine. 

During her tenure as Keeling Scholar in Residence, Prof McCabe ran three graduate seminars, and provided graduate supervision at points throughout the year. 

In Term 1 of the 2014/15 Academic Year, Prof McCabe ran a Graduate Seminar on Plato's Theatetus and in Term 3 of the 2015/16 year ran a Graduate Seminar on Plato's Protagoras and its themes. In Term 1 of the 2016-17 academic year Professor McCabe ran a graduate seminar on Plato's Euthydemus.