The department is excited about its new Ph.D. in Ancient Philosophy, which results in a Philosophy PhD and a certificate in Classics.
(Philosophy): ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology in Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
(Philosophy and Classics): moral and political philosophy in Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
(Political Science and Classics): Plato’s political philosophy, ancient political theory, and their reception
(Classics): Stoicism and Roman philosophy
(Classics): Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, especially Stoicism and skepticism
David Ebrey responding to Marco Zingano's paper at an Ancient Philosophy Workshop.
Faculty with a very strong secondary interest in ancient:
(Philosophy): Ancient epistemology
(Philosophy): Socrates and Plato
Richard Kraut and David Ebrey at Charles Norman Todd's Ancient Philosophy Workshop.
Typically, the department admits at least one graduate student a year interested in ancient philosophy and, with some frequency, other graduate students switch to this as their primary focus. Moreover, a number of other graduate students have a strong secondary interest in ancient philosophy and know ancient Greek or Latin. The following grad students work or are planning to work primarily on ancient philosophy: Cristina Carrillo Canas, Marcus Hines, Evan Dutmer, Oksana Maksymchuk, Hung Nguyen, and Daniel Tovar.
Graduate students can have a formal link to the classics department through the Classical Traditions Initiative.
Graduate students can take courses from University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago through the Chicago Area Consortium in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy. They can also have faculty from these institutions on their dissertation committee.
For more information about the philosophy department’s graduate program, click here.
Daniel Tovar at Joe Karbowski's Ancient Philosophy Workshop.
In addition to graduate seminars, there are a number of other regular activities.
We have two seperate weekly reading groups, one Greek and the other Latin.
We also hold ancient philosophy workshops where graduate students, faculty, and visitors present their work. The workshop schedule can be found here.
The Chicago Area Consortium in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy puts on a major conference every two years. Our last conference, Animality: Greco-Roman Conception of the Human Being was on October 12 - 13, 2012. The consortium also meets monthly to discuss a faculty member's work in progress.
Northwestern holds a conference on the years when the Consortium does not. The last conference (April 21-22, 2012) was on the relation between theory and practice in Aristotle's natural philosophy.
If you have any questions about the program, do not hesitate to contact one of the faculty members listed above.
Oksana Maksymchuk and Richard Kraut at Brad Inwood's Ancient Philosophy Workshop in October 2010.