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Philosophy Department faculty, August 26, 2016. Not pictured: David Agler, Kathryn Gines, and Paul Taylor.

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Classics

243 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802

Office Phone: (814) 865-1607


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

Areas of Specialization

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy and Intellectual History (esp. the Socratic period)
  • Democratic Theory
  • Ethics and Practical Rationality
  • Philosophy of Literature and Drama

Recent Courses

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Greek Language and Literature 

Recent Publications

  • Socrates and Self-Knowledge (Cambridge, 2015)
  • "Xenophon’s Socratic Education in Memorabilia 4” in Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue, C. Moore and A. Stavru, edd. (forthcoming)
  • “‘Philosophy’ in Plato’s Phaedrus,” Plato Journal (forthcoming)
  • “Images of Knowing Oneself,” in Plato and Images, P. Destrée and R. Edmonds, edd. (forthcoming)
  • Promêtheia ("forethought”) until Plato,” American Journal of Philology (forthcoming)
  • Spartan philosophy and Sage wisdom in Plato’s Protagoras”, Epoché  '30.2.'
  • "Socrates and Self-knowledge in Aristophanes' Clouds," Classical Quarterly 65.2 (2015)
  • "How to 'Know Thyself' in Plato's Phaedrus," Apeiron 47:3 (2014), 390-418 
  • "Socrates Psychagogos," Socratica III (Birds 1555, Phaedrus 261a7), in Socratica III, Livio Rossetti, Alessandro Stavru, Fulvia de Luise, edd., (Academia Verlag), 41-55
  • “Pindar’s Charioteer in Plato’s Phaedrus,” Classical Quarterly 62:2 (2014), 525-532
  • “Chaerephon the Socratic,” Phoenix 67:3/4 (2014), 284-300
  • "Arguing about the Immortality of the Soul in the Palinode of Plato's Phaedrus," Philosophy & Rhetoric 47:2 179-208 (2014)
  • “Deception and Knowledge in the Phaedrus,” Ancient Philosophy 33:1, 97-110 (2013)
  • “Socrates and Clitophon in the Platonic Clitophon,” Ancient Philosophy 32:2 (2012), 1-22
  • “Chaerephon, Telephus, and Cure in Plato’s Gorgias,” Arethusa 45:2, 195-210 (2012)
  • “The Myth of Theuth in the Phaedrus,” in Plato and Myths, Catherine Collobert, Pierre Destrée, Francisco Gonzalez, edd. 279-304 (Brill, 2012)
  • “Appearance and Reality,” in Continuum Companion to Plato, Gerald Press, Francisco Gonzalez, Debra Nails, Harold Tarrant, edd. (Continuum, 2012)
  • “Socratic Persuasion in the Crito,” British Journal of the History of Philosophy, 19:6, 1021-1046 (2011)
  • Book reviews and review essays for BMCR, NDPR, CJ, AncP, Polis

Current Projects

  • Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue, co-editor with A. Stavru (Brill, forthcoming)
  • Calling Philosophers Names: the origins of the term 'philosophos (MS expected mid-2016)
  • Brill Companion to the Reception of Socrates, sole editor (MS expected late 2016)
  • Plato's Charmides: text, translations, commentary, with D. Murphy and C. Raymond (in preparation)