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Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

Harry and Elissa Sichi Early Career Professor in Philosophy

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classics

Director of Undergraduate Studies for Philosophy

Director of the Hellenic Studies Group

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


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


My research attends to three coordinate origins: the discipline of philosophy; the idea of the self; and Socrates. 

Areas of Specialization

  • Ancient Greek philosophy and intellectual history

My focal authors include Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Aristophanes, Critias and the other Sophists, Socrates, minor Socratics (esp. Antisthenes), Plato, Xenophon, Isocrates, and Aristotle.

I have further interests in the first-generation Academics (esp. Heraclides) and first-generation Peripatetics.

  • Self-knowledge and practical rationality

Recent Courses

  • Socrates through the history of philosophy (a graduate seminar)
  • Early Greek philosophy (a graduate seminar)
  • Topics in philosophy of law (an advanced undergraduate seminar)
  • Ancient philosophy (a yearly intermediate undergraduate course)
  • Greek language and literature 

Recent Publications


  • 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]
  • Plato: Charmides. Translation, Notes, Introduction, and Analysis, with C.C. Raymond (Hackett, 2019)
  • Calling philosophers names: on the origin of a discipline (Princeton, 2019)
  • Brill's companion to the reception of Socrates, sole editor (Brill, 2019)
  • The Cambridge companion to the Sophists, edited with J. Billings (Cambridge, expected late 2020)

Recently published articles

  • "Promêtheia as rational agency in Plato," Apeiron (2019)
  • "Socrates in Aristotle's history of philosophy," in Brill's Companion to the Reception of Socrates (Brill, 2019)
  • "Aristotle and philosophia," Metaphilosophy (2019)
  • "Critias of Athens," Oxford Bibliographies, with C.C. Raymond (2019)
  • "Heraclitus and 'knowing yourself,'" Ancient Philosophy 38:1 (2018), 1–21
  • "Xenophon’s Socratic education in Memorabilia 4” in Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue (Brill, 2018), 500–520
  • "Xenophon, 'philosophy,' and Socrates" in Xenophon and Plato: Comparative Studies (Brill, 2018), 128–164

Forthcoming articles

  • "Indian ‘philosophers’ and the early Greek conception of a discipline,” in Metaphilosophy.
  • “Xenophon and the Spartan education in sôphrosunê (Lac. Pol. 3),” in Xenophon Philosopher: Argumentation and Ethics, Claudia Mársico, ed., Baden Baden: Nomos Verlag.
  • "Aristotle's philosophêmata," in Aristotle's Fragments, Antonio Pedro Mesquita, ed., Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • "The origins of self-knowledge," in Self-Knowledge: An Engelsberg Seminar.
  • "Aristotle's radical analysis of sôphrosunê," in Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy.

Earlier articles

  • "Heracles the philosopher (Herodorus fr. 14)," Classical Quarterly 67:1 (2017), 27–48
  • "Narrative constitution of friendship," with S. Frederick, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 56:1 (2017), 111–130
  • "Plato and images of oneself," in Plato and the Power of Images (Brill, 2017), 88–106
  • "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]


  • Socratic persuasion (2008)

Current Projects

Books in progress

  • The Virtue of Agency: Sôphrosunê and the Idea of the Self
  • Critias of Athens: Texts, Translations, Commentary, Essays, with C.C. Raymond
  • Aristotle and the history of philosophy