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Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Classics

Director of Undergraduate Studies

240E Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-5514

Education:

  1. A.B., Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), 2002
  2. Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), 2008

Biography:

Biography

My leading academic interest concerns the nature and meaning of philosophia in its first centuries of practice: its disciplinary formation, its connection to self-knowledge, and especially the effect of Socrates' idiosyncratic activity on its self-understanding.

Areas of Specialization

  • Ancient Greek philosophy and intellectual history

My focal authors include Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Aristophanes, Socrates, minor Socratics, Plato, Xenophon, Isocrates, and Aristotle.

I have further interests in the first-generation Academics and first-generation Peripatetics.

  • Self-knowledge and practical rationality
  • I also care about philosophy of literature/drama and about democratic theory

Recent Courses

  • Socrates through the history of philosophy (a graduate seminar)
  • Ancient philosophy (a yearly intermediate undergraduate course)
  • Introduction to epistemology
  • Philosophy of education
  • Greek language and literature 

Recent Publications

Books

  • Socrates and self-knowledge (Cambridge, 2015), pp. xvii + 275 [link]
  • Socrates and the Socratic dialogue, with A. Stavru, edd. (Brill, 2018), pp. ix + 931 [link]

New and forthcoming articles

  • "Heracles the philosopher (Herodorus fr. 14)," Classical Quarterly (2017)
  • "Narrative constitution of friendship," with S. Frederick, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review (2017)
  • "Heraclitus and self-knowledge," Ancient Philosophy (2017)
  • "Plato and images of oneself," in Plato and the Power of Images (Brill, 2017)
  • "Xenophon’s Socratic education in Memorabilia 4” in Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue (Brill, 2018)
  • "Xenophon, 'philosophy,' and Socrates" in Xenophon and Plato: Comparative Studies (Brill, in press)

Articles from before this year

  • "Anaxagoras, Socrates, and the History of 'Philosophia,'" CHS Research Bulletin (2016) [link]
  • "'Philosophy' in Plato’s Phaedrus," Plato Journal 15 (2016) [link]
  • "Spartan philosophy and Sage wisdom in Plato’s Protagoras," Epoché 23 (2016)
  • "Promêtheia ('forethought') until Plato,” American Journal of Philology 136 (2015)
  • "Socrates and self-knowledge in Aristophanes' Clouds," Classical Quarterly 65 (2015)
  • "Socratic self-knowledge in Xenophon Memorabilia 4.2," Classical Journal 110 (2015)
  • "How to 'Know Thyself' in Plato's Phaedrus," Apeiron 47 (2014)
  • "Arguing about the immortality of the soul in the palinode of Plato's Phaedrus," Philosophy & Rhetoric 47 (2014)
  • "Pindar’s charioteer in Plato’s Phaedrus," Classical Quarterly 62 (2014)
  • "Socrates Psychagogos (Birds 1555, Phaedrus 261a7)," in Socratica III (2013)
  • "Chaerephon the Socratic," Phoenix 67 (2013)
  • "Deception and knowledge in the Phaedrus," Ancient Philosophy 33 (2013)
  • "Socrates and Clitophon in the Platonic Clitophon," Ancient Philosophy 32 (2012)
  • "Chaerephon, Telephus, and cure in Plato’s Gorgias," Arethusa 45 (2012)
  • "The myth of Theuth in the Phaedrus," in Plato and Myth (2012)
  • "Appearance and reality," in Continuum Companion to Plato (2012)
  • "Socratic persuasion in the Crito," British Journal of the History of Philosophy 19 (2011)
  • "Between persuasion and coercion in Plato's Republic," Newsletter of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (2007) [link]

Dissertation

  • Socratic persuasion (2008)

Current Projects

Books in progress

  • Plato: Charmides. Translation and introduction, with C. Raymond (Hackett, expected early 2018)
  • Calling philosophers names: on the origin of a discipline (TBA, in revision)
  • Brill's companion to the reception of Socrates, sole editor (Brill, in preparation)

Research in progress

  • Heraclitus and the origins of epistemology
  • An empire of philosophers of Alexander the Great
  • Critias of Athens