Gerard T A Naddaf

Department of Philosophy

Professor

Office: Ross Building, S443
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 77594
Emailnaddaf@yorku.ca
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Professor Naddaf is a specialist in ancient Greek philosophy, particularly of the origins of philosophy, the Presocratics and Plato. His current research is on the concept of nature and society in the Presocratics, Plato and Aristotle, and on the interface between early allegory and inspiration and its impact on the origins of philosophy. There have been over 50 public reviews of his work.

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Area of Specialization

Philosophy

Degrees

Doctorate (Summa Cum Laude) 1986, Philosophy, Paris IV: Sorbonne
Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, 1981, Philosophy, Paris IV: Sorbonne
Elève Diplômé, 1980, Sciences Religieuses, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Professional Leadership

2006-2007: Past President of Canadian Philosophical Association: in charge of biennial book prize (twenty-nine books submitted)

2006: Organized Panel to Celebrate World Philosophy Day, November 16, 2006

2005-2007: Canadian Representative for the Inter-American Society of Philosophy

2005-2007: CPA liaison to the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences

2005-2007: CPA liaison to UNESCO

2005: Coordinated World Philosophy Day Celebrations in Canada for UNESCO

2005-2006: President Canadian Philosophical Association (elected)

2004-2005: Committee Member of the Canadian Philosophical Association to award best student essay in 2004-2005

2004-2005: Vice President Canadian Philosophical Association (elected)

Reviewer: State University of New York Press; University of Chicago Press; Journal of the History of Philosophy; Ancient Philosophy; Études platoniciennes; European Legacy; Dialogue; Jspot; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Ancient Commentators Project, King’s College, London; Canadian Royal Military College, Kingston; George Mason University; Carleton University; Ontario Philosophical Association; Canadian Philosophical Association; The American Council of Learned Societies; Gallimard

Professional Activities:

Member: Canadian Philosophical Association; Canadian Association of Classics; Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy; International Plato Society; Inter-American Society for Philosophy; Fellow Founders College

Research Interests

Ancient Greek philosophy, particularly of the origins of philosophy, the Presocratics and Plato

All Publications

Books

Le concept de nature chez les présocratiques (translated by Benoit Castelnérac), Paris: Klincksieck, 2008, 287pp.

The Greek Concept of Nature, Albany: State University of New York Press (SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Anthony Preus, editor), 2005, x + 265pp.

Anaximander in Context. New Studies in the Origins of Greek Philosophy (with Robert Hahn and Dirk Couprie), Albany: State University of New York Press (SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Anthony Preus, editor), 2003, xiv + 290pp.

Plato the Myth Maker (by Luc Brisson), translated, edited, and with an introduction by Gerard Naddaf, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999, lvi +188pp.

L'origine et l'évolution du concept grec de “physis,,” Lewiston./Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 1992, viii + 603 pp.: prefaced by Professor Pierre Hadot, Collège de France and Professor Luc Brisson, Directeur de Recherche, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique.

Book Chapters

“Allegory and the Origins of Philosophy,” in W. Wians (ed), Logos and Mythos: Philosophical Essays on Greek Literature, Albany: SUNY Press, 2009, 99-131.

“Algunas reflexiones sobre la noción griega temprana de inspiración poética,” in Miguel Giusti (ed), Mythos y Logos Revista de Filosofía in ARETĖ 21 (2), 2009, 51-86.

“Écriture et récitation poétique dans les Lois de Platon,” in La Philosophie de Platon (ed Michel Fattal), Paris-Budapest-Turin: L’Harmattan, 2005, Tome 2, 119-136.

“Anaximander’s Numbers Revisited,” in Before Plato:SUNY Studies in Ancient Philosophy 6 (ed. by Anthony Preus), Albany: SUNY Press, 2000, 5-21.

“Platon créateur de la théologie naturelle,” Une Philosophie dans l’Histoire. Hommages à Raymond Kilbansky (édité par Bjarne Melkevik et Jean-Marc Narbonne), Québec : Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2000, 25-46.

Journal Articles

“The role of the poet in Plato’s ideal cities of Callipolis and Magnesia,” Kriterion 46 (116), July/Dec. 2007, 329-349.

“La alegoría. Orígenes y desarrollo de la filosophía desde los presocráticos hasta la Ilustración,” ARETĖ. Revista de Filosofía 19 (1) 2007, 41-86.

“What is Presocratic philosophy?” Ancient Philosophy 26 (1) 2006, 161-179.

“Plato: The Creator of Natural Theology,” International Studies in Philosophy 36 (1) 2004, 129-150.

“Robert Hahn and the Origins of Greek Philosophy,” Ancient Philosophy 22 (1) 2002, 153-170.

“Hesiod as a Catalyst for Western Political Paideia, ” The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms 7 (4), 2002, 343-361.

“Literacy and Poetic Performance in Plato’s Laws,” Ancient Philosophy 20 (4) 2000, 339-350.’

“Philippe Constantineau and the Classical Doctrine of Foreign Policy,” Symposium: Journal of the Canadian Society for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, 3 (2) 1999, 275-281.

“Lefkowitz and the Afrocentric Question,” Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28 (3) 1998, 451-470.

“On the Origin of Anaximander’s Cosmological Model,” Journal of the History of Ideas 59 (1) 1998, 1-28.

“Plato’s Theologia Revisited,” Méthexis 9, 1996, 5-18.

“The Atlantis Myth: An Introduction to Plato's Later Philosophy of History,” Phoenix 48 (3), 1994, 189-209.

“Hésiode, précurseur des cosmogonies grecques de type évolutionniste,” Revue de l'Histoire des Religions 203 (4), 1986, 355-380.

Conference Proceedings

“Politics, Ethics and Criminality: Plato’s Cosmological Perspective,” (selected essays from the International Conference on Ethics, Politics, Criminality: Perspectives from Greek Philosophy and Africa (ed. by A. Ladikos), Phronimon 2005, 45-57.

“Plato and the Peri Phuseos Tradition,” Interpreting the Timaeus-Critias (selected essays from the 4th Symposium Platonicum (Timaeus/Critias) in International Plato Studies 4 (ed. by Tomas Calvos and Luc Brisson), Academia Verlag, 1997, 27-37.

“Esquisse d’une histoire de la philosophie grecque à partir du terme phusis,” Cahiers de la Revue de Théologie et de Philosophie 18, 1996, 375-378.

“Mind and Progress in Plato,” Special Issue on Plato's Statesman (ed. Nicholson & Rowe), Polis 12, 1993, 122-133.

Conference Papers

“Philosophic and poetic inspiration in the Republic,” IX Symposium Platonicum (theme Plato’s Republic), Tokyo, August 2-7, 2010 (refereed).

“Spontaneous generation and creationism in Presocratic monism,” Third OUSIA International Symposium on Classical Studies – Aristotle Physics and the ancient physikoi. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, May 31-June 3, 2010 (invited keynote address).

“Platon et la tradition de l’historia peri physeôs,” Université I: Sorbonne, Paris, January 15, 2010 (invited).

“The early Greek poetic notion of inspiration,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, October 17, 2009 (refereed).

“Qu’est ce que l’inspiration poétique,” Université de Paris I: Nanterre, May 15, 2009 (invited).

“Plato: the creator of natural theology,” Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, March 30, 2009 (invited)

“Some reflections on the early Greek notion of inspiration,” University of Buenos Aires, March 27, 2009 (invited).

“The role of the poet in Plato’s ideal cities,” Universidade Federal de Rio de Janerio, March 23, 2009 (invited).

“Plato. The creator of natural theology,” Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, March 19, 2009 (invited).

“Some reflections on the early Greek notion of inspiration,” Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, March 17, 2009 (invited)

“Some reflections on the early Greek notion of inspiration,” Mythos y Logos Simposio, Pontifica Universidad Católica del Peru, December 3-5, 2008 (invited keynote address).

Commentary on “L’âme examinée. D’une transition entre les dialogues socratiques et les dialogues politiques” by Annie Larivee (77th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of British Columbia, June 5, 2008) (invited commentary)

“The Role of the Poet in Plato’s Ideal Cities.” Intellectuals and Society Symposium Series, Founders College, January 22, 2008 (invited).

“Poetic inspiration and divine intervention,” Inter-American Society for Philosophy, Mexico, November 6, 2007 (invited).

“The role of the poet in Plato’s ideal cities of Callipolis and Magnesia,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, October 19, 2007 (invited keynote address)

“Plato and the 50 Cent Concert controversy,” Canadian Business Ethics Research Network public dialogue event, York University, September 28, 2007 (invited).

“Divine Inspiration and Bodily Intervention,” Keynote address for the 15th Annual Philosophical Collaboration Conference, University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, March 22-23 2007 (invited keynote address).

“Allegory and the Origins of Philosophy,” Associaçăo Nacional Pós-Graduaçăo em Filosofía, Salvador, Brazil, October 23-27, 2006 (invited).

“Allegory and the Origins and Development of Philosophy from the Presocratics to the Enlightenment”, Canadian Philosophical Association Presidential Address, May 30 2006 at the 75th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, York University (keynote presidential address).

“La critique platonique de la poésie dans les Lois,” Institut Supérieur de Philosophie, Bruxelles), May 3-5, 2006 (invited).

“What can Greek philosophers teach us today?” Interamerican Society of Philosophy, Lima, Peru, November 1-5, 2005 (invited).

“The Spell of Homer in the Pre-Platonic Allegorical Tradition,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, October 28-30, 2005 (refereed).

“Ethics, Politics and Criminality: Plato’s Cosmological Perspective,” South Africian Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities, Pretoria, May 4-6, 2005 (invited).

“Plato on Education” (commentary), Canadian Philosophical Association, Winnipeg, May 30, 2004 (invited commentary)..

“Some Reflexions on the Etymology and the Early Use of the Term Phusis,” Brownbag Seminars, York University, October 26, 2003.

“The ‘public intellectual’ in 5th century B.C. Greece,” conference in honour of Howard Adelman, York University, September 18-19, 2003 (invited).

“Reflections on Robert Hahn’s Anaximander and the Architects,” American Philosophical Association, Chicago, May 2002 (invited).

“Hesiod as a Catalyst for Western Political Paideia,” University of British Columbia, February, 2001 (invited).

“Singing and Dancing the Laws in Plato’s Jerusalem,” VI Symposium Platonicum, Jerusalem, August 2000 (refereed).

“Hesiod as a catalyst for Western Paideia,”Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, October 2000 (invited keynote address).

Commentary on “Soul Dynamics in Plato’s Phaedrus,” by Eva Buccioni, Canadian Philosophical Association, Edmonton, Alberta, May, 2000 (invited commentary).

“Dancing Plato’s Laws,” Canadian Philosophical Association, Edmonton, Alberta, May, 2000 (refereed).

“Literacy and Poetic Performance in Plato’s Laws,” Western Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 5-8, 2000 (invited keynote address).

“Platon, créateur de la théologie naturelle,” Laval University, March 2000 (invited).

“Literacy and Poetic Performance in Plato’s Laws,” University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, November, 1998 (invited).

“Hesiod as a Catalyst for Western Paideia,” PAIDEIA: XXth World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, August, 1998 (refereed).

“Platon: créateur de la théologie naturelle,” Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint Cloud, France, April, 1998 (refereed).

“Hesiod and the Origins of Western Philosophy,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, October 1997 (refereed).

“Some Reflections on the Origin of Western Philosophy,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Binghamton, N.Y., October, 1996 (refereed)

“Plato’s Theologia Revisited,” American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division), New York, December 1995 (invited keynote address)..

“On the Number Three in Anaximander’s Cosmological Model,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Binghamton, N.Y., October, 1995 (refereed)

“Plato and the Peri Phuseos Tradition,” Fourth Symposium Platonicum, Granada, Spain, September, 1995 (refereed).

“Anaximandre et les origines de la cosmologie grecque,” Université de Montréal, April, 1995 (invited).

“Anaximandre et les origines de la philosophie grecque,” Université d'Ottawa, April, 1995 (invited).

“Anaximandre et les origines de la philosophie grecque,” Université de Laval, April, 1995 (invited).

Commentary on Jonathan Lavery’s “Wishing Up the Proles: Virtue Among the Lower Class in Plato’s Republic,” Ontario Philosophical Association, November, 1994 (invited commentary).

“Esquisse d’une histoire de la philosophie à partir du terme phusis,” Le XXVe Congrès de l’Association des Sociétés de philosophie de langue française, Lausanne, Switzerland, August, 1994 (refereed).

Commentary on David Guetter’s “Epicurus on the Swerve of Atoms: Autonomy, Responsability, and Cosmology,” Ontario Philosophical Association, November, 1994 (invited commentary).

“Did Plato Believe the Universe Had a Beginning in Time? A ‘New Approach to an ‘Old’ Problem,” Atlantic Classical Association, October, 1994 (refereed).

“Plato’s Ambivalent Position on Progress and its Consequences for the Cosmological Debate,” Canadian Philosophical Association, Calgary, Alt., June, 1994 (refereed)..

“Plato on Progress,” Canadian Association of Classics, Calgary, Alt., June, 1994 (refereed).

“Plato and Atlantis,” Philosophy Student's Association and Classical Student's Association, York University, October, 1992.

“Mind and Progress in Plato’s Politicus,” International Plato Society, Bristol, England, August, 1992(refereed).

“Mind and Progress in Plato,” Canadian Association of Classics, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I., May, 1992 (refereed).

“One Myth, Two States: Plato’s Protagoras,” Atlantic Association of Classics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. October, 1990 (refereed).

“Rethinking Plato’s Protagoras,” Atlantic Association of Philosophy, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. October, 1990 (refereed).

“Is Plato’s Protagoras More Platonic Than Orginally Thought: A Solution to a Famous Paradox,” Canadian Association of Classics, University of Victoria, May, 1990 (refereed).

Commentary on L. Dewan’s “St. Thomas, Aristotle, and Creation,” Canadian Association of Philosophy, University of Victoria, May, 1990 (invited commentary).

“Le mythe de l’Atlantide et la philosophie de l’histoire chez Platon,” Laval University, Quebec, March, 1990 (invited).

“A Solution to a Famous Socratic Paradox,” Philosophy Department, York University, Toronto, February, 1990.

“The Atlantis Myth: An Introduction To Plato’s Later Philosophy Of History,” Ontario Philosophical Association, Mc Master University, Hamilton, Ontario, October, 1989 (refereed).

“The relation of Plato’s Republic to his trilogy: Timaeus, Critias, Hermocrates (=Laws),” Canadian Association of Classics, University of Laval, May, 1989 (refereed).

“On the Origin of Anaximander’s Cosmological Model,” Philosophy Department, York University, January, 1989.

“On the Origin of Anaximander’s cosmological model,” Canadian Association of Classics, University of Windsor, May, 1988 (refereed).

Hoi tupoi peri theologias in Plato's Republic II, 379 a 5-6,” Canadian Association of Classics, University of Windsor, May, 1988 (refereed).

“Sur l’origine du modèle cosmologique d’Anaximandre,” Société de Philosophie du Québec, Moncton, May, 1988 (refereed).

“The Origin and Evolution of the Greek Concept of Nature,” public lecture presented to: The Classics Department and the Dalhousie-Kings Classics Society, December 3, 1987.

“Hésiode, précurseur des cosmogonies grecques de type évolutionniste,” Canadian Philosophical Association, McMaster University, May, 1987 (refereed).

“The Origin and Evolution of the Greek Concept of Nature,” Atlantic Philosophical Association, Mount Allison University, April, 1987 ((refereed).

“L’origine et l'évolution du concept grec de physis d'après le livre X des Lois de Platon,” Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Ve Section), 1986.

Book Reviews

Review of Andrew Gregory, Ancient Greek Cosmogony, London: Duckworth, 2007 in The Classical Review 59(2), 2009, 342-344.

Review of Luc Brisson. How Philosophers Saved Myths: Allegorical Interpretation and Classical Mythology. Translated by Catherine Tihanyi. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004 in Ancient Philosophy 26.1 (1) 2006, 429-431.

Review of S. Scolnicov and L. Brisson (eds). Plato’s Laws: From Theory Into Practice. Proceedings of the VI Symposium Platonicum, Sankt Augustin: Akademia Verlag, 2003 in The Classical Review, 56.1 (2006), 54-57.

Review of V. Caston & D.W. Graham (eds), Presocratic Philosophy. Essays in honour of Alexander Mourelatos, Ashgate, 2002 in The Classical Review 55.2 (2005), 339-402.

Review of G.J. Reyhams-Schils, Plato’s Timaeus as Cultural Icon, Notre Dame University Press, 2002 in Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (2004), 335-37.

Review of Adrienne Mayor, The First Fossil Hunters. Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2000 in The Classical Review 53 (2003), 195-97.

Review of John Sallis, Chorology. On Beginning in Plato’s Timaeus (Bloomington/Indianapolis: Indiana University Press), 1999 in Phoenix 56 (2003), 156-158.

Review of R. Hahn, Anaximander and the Architects (Albany: SUNY Press), 2001, in The European Legacy 8 (2003), 377-79.

Review (in French) of Philippe Constantineau: La doctrine classique de la politique étrangère, (Paris: Harmattan), 1998 in Dialogue 40, 2001, 172-175.

Review of L. Brisson et F. W. Meyerstein’s Inventer l’univers (Paris, Les Belles Lettres), 1991 in Phoenix 49 (1995), 83-86.

Forthcoming

“Platon et la tradition de l’historia peri physeôs,” Etudes platoniciennes (forthcoming 2012).

“Spontaneous generation and creationism in Presocratic monism,” Third OUSIA International Symposium on Classical Studies – Aristotle’s Physics and the ancient physikoi, edited by Fernando Santoro (forthcoming 2011).

“Philosophic and poetic inspiration in Plato’s Republic,” (selected essays from the 9th Symposium Platonicum) in International Plato Studies (ed. by Noburu Notomi and Luc Brisson), Academia Verlag, (forthcoming 2011).

Review of David Sedley, Creationism and its critics in Antiquity, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007 for Mouseion (forthcoming).

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/PHIL2010 3.0  Origins of Western Philosophy LECT  
Fall 2017 AP/PHIL3600 3.0  Ancient Philosophy LECT  


Professor Naddaf is a specialist in ancient Greek philosophy, particularly of the origins of philosophy, the Presocratics and Plato. His current research is on the concept of nature and society in the Presocratics, Plato and Aristotle, and on the interface between early allegory and inspiration and its impact on the origins of philosophy. There have been over 50 public reviews of his work.

Area of Specialization

Philosophy

Degrees

Doctorate (Summa Cum Laude) 1986, Philosophy, Paris IV: Sorbonne
Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, 1981, Philosophy, Paris IV: Sorbonne
Elève Diplômé, 1980, Sciences Religieuses, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Professional Leadership

2006-2007: Past President of Canadian Philosophical Association: in charge of biennial book prize (twenty-nine books submitted)

2006: Organized Panel to Celebrate World Philosophy Day, November 16, 2006

2005-2007: Canadian Representative for the Inter-American Society of Philosophy

2005-2007: CPA liaison to the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences

2005-2007: CPA liaison to UNESCO

2005: Coordinated World Philosophy Day Celebrations in Canada for UNESCO

2005-2006: President Canadian Philosophical Association (elected)

2004-2005: Committee Member of the Canadian Philosophical Association to award best student essay in 2004-2005

2004-2005: Vice President Canadian Philosophical Association (elected)

Reviewer: State University of New York Press; University of Chicago Press; Journal of the History of Philosophy; Ancient Philosophy; Études platoniciennes; European Legacy; Dialogue; Jspot; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Ancient Commentators Project, King’s College, London; Canadian Royal Military College, Kingston; George Mason University; Carleton University; Ontario Philosophical Association; Canadian Philosophical Association; The American Council of Learned Societies; Gallimard

Professional Activities:

Member: Canadian Philosophical Association; Canadian Association of Classics; Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy; International Plato Society; Inter-American Society for Philosophy; Fellow Founders College

Research Interests:

Ancient Greek philosophy, particularly of the origins of philosophy, the Presocratics and Plato

All Publications

Books

Le concept de nature chez les présocratiques (translated by Benoit Castelnérac), Paris: Klincksieck, 2008, 287pp.

The Greek Concept of Nature, Albany: State University of New York Press (SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Anthony Preus, editor), 2005, x + 265pp.

Anaximander in Context. New Studies in the Origins of Greek Philosophy (with Robert Hahn and Dirk Couprie), Albany: State University of New York Press (SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Anthony Preus, editor), 2003, xiv + 290pp.

Plato the Myth Maker (by Luc Brisson), translated, edited, and with an introduction by Gerard Naddaf, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999, lvi +188pp.

L'origine et l'évolution du concept grec de “physis,,” Lewiston./Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 1992, viii + 603 pp.: prefaced by Professor Pierre Hadot, Collège de France and Professor Luc Brisson, Directeur de Recherche, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique.

Book Chapters

“Allegory and the Origins of Philosophy,” in W. Wians (ed), Logos and Mythos: Philosophical Essays on Greek Literature, Albany: SUNY Press, 2009, 99-131.

“Algunas reflexiones sobre la noción griega temprana de inspiración poética,” in Miguel Giusti (ed), Mythos y Logos Revista de Filosofía in ARETĖ 21 (2), 2009, 51-86.

“Écriture et récitation poétique dans les Lois de Platon,” in La Philosophie de Platon (ed Michel Fattal), Paris-Budapest-Turin: L’Harmattan, 2005, Tome 2, 119-136.

“Anaximander’s Numbers Revisited,” in Before Plato:SUNY Studies in Ancient Philosophy 6 (ed. by Anthony Preus), Albany: SUNY Press, 2000, 5-21.

“Platon créateur de la théologie naturelle,” Une Philosophie dans l’Histoire. Hommages à Raymond Kilbansky (édité par Bjarne Melkevik et Jean-Marc Narbonne), Québec : Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2000, 25-46.

Journal Articles

“The role of the poet in Plato’s ideal cities of Callipolis and Magnesia,” Kriterion 46 (116), July/Dec. 2007, 329-349.

“La alegoría. Orígenes y desarrollo de la filosophía desde los presocráticos hasta la Ilustración,” ARETĖ. Revista de Filosofía 19 (1) 2007, 41-86.

“What is Presocratic philosophy?” Ancient Philosophy 26 (1) 2006, 161-179.

“Plato: The Creator of Natural Theology,” International Studies in Philosophy 36 (1) 2004, 129-150.

“Robert Hahn and the Origins of Greek Philosophy,” Ancient Philosophy 22 (1) 2002, 153-170.

“Hesiod as a Catalyst for Western Political Paideia, ” The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms 7 (4), 2002, 343-361.

“Literacy and Poetic Performance in Plato’s Laws,” Ancient Philosophy 20 (4) 2000, 339-350.’

“Philippe Constantineau and the Classical Doctrine of Foreign Policy,” Symposium: Journal of the Canadian Society for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, 3 (2) 1999, 275-281.

“Lefkowitz and the Afrocentric Question,” Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28 (3) 1998, 451-470.

“On the Origin of Anaximander’s Cosmological Model,” Journal of the History of Ideas 59 (1) 1998, 1-28.

“Plato’s Theologia Revisited,” Méthexis 9, 1996, 5-18.

“The Atlantis Myth: An Introduction to Plato's Later Philosophy of History,” Phoenix 48 (3), 1994, 189-209.

“Hésiode, précurseur des cosmogonies grecques de type évolutionniste,” Revue de l'Histoire des Religions 203 (4), 1986, 355-380.

Conference Proceedings

“Politics, Ethics and Criminality: Plato’s Cosmological Perspective,” (selected essays from the International Conference on Ethics, Politics, Criminality: Perspectives from Greek Philosophy and Africa (ed. by A. Ladikos), Phronimon 2005, 45-57.

“Plato and the Peri Phuseos Tradition,” Interpreting the Timaeus-Critias (selected essays from the 4th Symposium Platonicum (Timaeus/Critias) in International Plato Studies 4 (ed. by Tomas Calvos and Luc Brisson), Academia Verlag, 1997, 27-37.

“Esquisse d’une histoire de la philosophie grecque à partir du terme phusis,” Cahiers de la Revue de Théologie et de Philosophie 18, 1996, 375-378.

“Mind and Progress in Plato,” Special Issue on Plato's Statesman (ed. Nicholson & Rowe), Polis 12, 1993, 122-133.

Conference Papers

“Philosophic and poetic inspiration in the Republic,” IX Symposium Platonicum (theme Plato’s Republic), Tokyo, August 2-7, 2010 (refereed).

“Spontaneous generation and creationism in Presocratic monism,” Third OUSIA International Symposium on Classical Studies – Aristotle Physics and the ancient physikoi. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, May 31-June 3, 2010 (invited keynote address).

“Platon et la tradition de l’historia peri physeôs,” Université I: Sorbonne, Paris, January 15, 2010 (invited).

“The early Greek poetic notion of inspiration,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, October 17, 2009 (refereed).

“Qu’est ce que l’inspiration poétique,” Université de Paris I: Nanterre, May 15, 2009 (invited).

“Plato: the creator of natural theology,” Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, March 30, 2009 (invited)

“Some reflections on the early Greek notion of inspiration,” University of Buenos Aires, March 27, 2009 (invited).

“The role of the poet in Plato’s ideal cities,” Universidade Federal de Rio de Janerio, March 23, 2009 (invited).

“Plato. The creator of natural theology,” Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, March 19, 2009 (invited).

“Some reflections on the early Greek notion of inspiration,” Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, March 17, 2009 (invited)

“Some reflections on the early Greek notion of inspiration,” Mythos y Logos Simposio, Pontifica Universidad Católica del Peru, December 3-5, 2008 (invited keynote address).

Commentary on “L’âme examinée. D’une transition entre les dialogues socratiques et les dialogues politiques” by Annie Larivee (77th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of British Columbia, June 5, 2008) (invited commentary)

“The Role of the Poet in Plato’s Ideal Cities.” Intellectuals and Society Symposium Series, Founders College, January 22, 2008 (invited).

“Poetic inspiration and divine intervention,” Inter-American Society for Philosophy, Mexico, November 6, 2007 (invited).

“The role of the poet in Plato’s ideal cities of Callipolis and Magnesia,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, October 19, 2007 (invited keynote address)

“Plato and the 50 Cent Concert controversy,” Canadian Business Ethics Research Network public dialogue event, York University, September 28, 2007 (invited).

“Divine Inspiration and Bodily Intervention,” Keynote address for the 15th Annual Philosophical Collaboration Conference, University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, March 22-23 2007 (invited keynote address).

“Allegory and the Origins of Philosophy,” Associaçăo Nacional Pós-Graduaçăo em Filosofía, Salvador, Brazil, October 23-27, 2006 (invited).

“Allegory and the Origins and Development of Philosophy from the Presocratics to the Enlightenment”, Canadian Philosophical Association Presidential Address, May 30 2006 at the 75th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, York University (keynote presidential address).

“La critique platonique de la poésie dans les Lois,” Institut Supérieur de Philosophie, Bruxelles), May 3-5, 2006 (invited).

“What can Greek philosophers teach us today?” Interamerican Society of Philosophy, Lima, Peru, November 1-5, 2005 (invited).

“The Spell of Homer in the Pre-Platonic Allegorical Tradition,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, October 28-30, 2005 (refereed).

“Ethics, Politics and Criminality: Plato’s Cosmological Perspective,” South Africian Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities, Pretoria, May 4-6, 2005 (invited).

“Plato on Education” (commentary), Canadian Philosophical Association, Winnipeg, May 30, 2004 (invited commentary)..

“Some Reflexions on the Etymology and the Early Use of the Term Phusis,” Brownbag Seminars, York University, October 26, 2003.

“The ‘public intellectual’ in 5th century B.C. Greece,” conference in honour of Howard Adelman, York University, September 18-19, 2003 (invited).

“Reflections on Robert Hahn’s Anaximander and the Architects,” American Philosophical Association, Chicago, May 2002 (invited).

“Hesiod as a Catalyst for Western Political Paideia,” University of British Columbia, February, 2001 (invited).

“Singing and Dancing the Laws in Plato’s Jerusalem,” VI Symposium Platonicum, Jerusalem, August 2000 (refereed).

“Hesiod as a catalyst for Western Paideia,”Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, October 2000 (invited keynote address).

Commentary on “Soul Dynamics in Plato’s Phaedrus,” by Eva Buccioni, Canadian Philosophical Association, Edmonton, Alberta, May, 2000 (invited commentary).

“Dancing Plato’s Laws,” Canadian Philosophical Association, Edmonton, Alberta, May, 2000 (refereed).

“Literacy and Poetic Performance in Plato’s Laws,” Western Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 5-8, 2000 (invited keynote address).

“Platon, créateur de la théologie naturelle,” Laval University, March 2000 (invited).

“Literacy and Poetic Performance in Plato’s Laws,” University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, November, 1998 (invited).

“Hesiod as a Catalyst for Western Paideia,” PAIDEIA: XXth World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, August, 1998 (refereed).

“Platon: créateur de la théologie naturelle,” Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint Cloud, France, April, 1998 (refereed).

“Hesiod and the Origins of Western Philosophy,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, October 1997 (refereed).

“Some Reflections on the Origin of Western Philosophy,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Binghamton, N.Y., October, 1996 (refereed)

“Plato’s Theologia Revisited,” American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division), New York, December 1995 (invited keynote address)..

“On the Number Three in Anaximander’s Cosmological Model,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Binghamton, N.Y., October, 1995 (refereed)

“Plato and the Peri Phuseos Tradition,” Fourth Symposium Platonicum, Granada, Spain, September, 1995 (refereed).

“Anaximandre et les origines de la cosmologie grecque,” Université de Montréal, April, 1995 (invited).

“Anaximandre et les origines de la philosophie grecque,” Université d'Ottawa, April, 1995 (invited).

“Anaximandre et les origines de la philosophie grecque,” Université de Laval, April, 1995 (invited).

Commentary on Jonathan Lavery’s “Wishing Up the Proles: Virtue Among the Lower Class in Plato’s Republic,” Ontario Philosophical Association, November, 1994 (invited commentary).

“Esquisse d’une histoire de la philosophie à partir du terme phusis,” Le XXVe Congrès de l’Association des Sociétés de philosophie de langue française, Lausanne, Switzerland, August, 1994 (refereed).

Commentary on David Guetter’s “Epicurus on the Swerve of Atoms: Autonomy, Responsability, and Cosmology,” Ontario Philosophical Association, November, 1994 (invited commentary).

“Did Plato Believe the Universe Had a Beginning in Time? A ‘New Approach to an ‘Old’ Problem,” Atlantic Classical Association, October, 1994 (refereed).

“Plato’s Ambivalent Position on Progress and its Consequences for the Cosmological Debate,” Canadian Philosophical Association, Calgary, Alt., June, 1994 (refereed)..

“Plato on Progress,” Canadian Association of Classics, Calgary, Alt., June, 1994 (refereed).

“Plato and Atlantis,” Philosophy Student's Association and Classical Student's Association, York University, October, 1992.

“Mind and Progress in Plato’s Politicus,” International Plato Society, Bristol, England, August, 1992(refereed).

“Mind and Progress in Plato,” Canadian Association of Classics, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I., May, 1992 (refereed).

“One Myth, Two States: Plato’s Protagoras,” Atlantic Association of Classics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. October, 1990 (refereed).

“Rethinking Plato’s Protagoras,” Atlantic Association of Philosophy, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. October, 1990 (refereed).

“Is Plato’s Protagoras More Platonic Than Orginally Thought: A Solution to a Famous Paradox,” Canadian Association of Classics, University of Victoria, May, 1990 (refereed).

Commentary on L. Dewan’s “St. Thomas, Aristotle, and Creation,” Canadian Association of Philosophy, University of Victoria, May, 1990 (invited commentary).

“Le mythe de l’Atlantide et la philosophie de l’histoire chez Platon,” Laval University, Quebec, March, 1990 (invited).

“A Solution to a Famous Socratic Paradox,” Philosophy Department, York University, Toronto, February, 1990.

“The Atlantis Myth: An Introduction To Plato’s Later Philosophy Of History,” Ontario Philosophical Association, Mc Master University, Hamilton, Ontario, October, 1989 (refereed).

“The relation of Plato’s Republic to his trilogy: Timaeus, Critias, Hermocrates (=Laws),” Canadian Association of Classics, University of Laval, May, 1989 (refereed).

“On the Origin of Anaximander’s Cosmological Model,” Philosophy Department, York University, January, 1989.

“On the Origin of Anaximander’s cosmological model,” Canadian Association of Classics, University of Windsor, May, 1988 (refereed).

Hoi tupoi peri theologias in Plato's Republic II, 379 a 5-6,” Canadian Association of Classics, University of Windsor, May, 1988 (refereed).

“Sur l’origine du modèle cosmologique d’Anaximandre,” Société de Philosophie du Québec, Moncton, May, 1988 (refereed).

“The Origin and Evolution of the Greek Concept of Nature,” public lecture presented to: The Classics Department and the Dalhousie-Kings Classics Society, December 3, 1987.

“Hésiode, précurseur des cosmogonies grecques de type évolutionniste,” Canadian Philosophical Association, McMaster University, May, 1987 (refereed).

“The Origin and Evolution of the Greek Concept of Nature,” Atlantic Philosophical Association, Mount Allison University, April, 1987 ((refereed).

“L’origine et l'évolution du concept grec de physis d'après le livre X des Lois de Platon,” Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Ve Section), 1986.

Book Reviews

Review of Andrew Gregory, Ancient Greek Cosmogony, London: Duckworth, 2007 in The Classical Review 59(2), 2009, 342-344.

Review of Luc Brisson. How Philosophers Saved Myths: Allegorical Interpretation and Classical Mythology. Translated by Catherine Tihanyi. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004 in Ancient Philosophy 26.1 (1) 2006, 429-431.

Review of S. Scolnicov and L. Brisson (eds). Plato’s Laws: From Theory Into Practice. Proceedings of the VI Symposium Platonicum, Sankt Augustin: Akademia Verlag, 2003 in The Classical Review, 56.1 (2006), 54-57.

Review of V. Caston & D.W. Graham (eds), Presocratic Philosophy. Essays in honour of Alexander Mourelatos, Ashgate, 2002 in The Classical Review 55.2 (2005), 339-402.

Review of G.J. Reyhams-Schils, Plato’s Timaeus as Cultural Icon, Notre Dame University Press, 2002 in Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (2004), 335-37.

Review of Adrienne Mayor, The First Fossil Hunters. Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2000 in The Classical Review 53 (2003), 195-97.

Review of John Sallis, Chorology. On Beginning in Plato’s Timaeus (Bloomington/Indianapolis: Indiana University Press), 1999 in Phoenix 56 (2003), 156-158.

Review of R. Hahn, Anaximander and the Architects (Albany: SUNY Press), 2001, in The European Legacy 8 (2003), 377-79.

Review (in French) of Philippe Constantineau: La doctrine classique de la politique étrangère, (Paris: Harmattan), 1998 in Dialogue 40, 2001, 172-175.

Review of L. Brisson et F. W. Meyerstein’s Inventer l’univers (Paris, Les Belles Lettres), 1991 in Phoenix 49 (1995), 83-86.

Forthcoming

“Platon et la tradition de l’historia peri physeôs,” Etudes platoniciennes (forthcoming 2012).

“Spontaneous generation and creationism in Presocratic monism,” Third OUSIA International Symposium on Classical Studies – Aristotle’s Physics and the ancient physikoi, edited by Fernando Santoro (forthcoming 2011).

“Philosophic and poetic inspiration in Plato’s Republic,” (selected essays from the 9th Symposium Platonicum) in International Plato Studies (ed. by Noburu Notomi and Luc Brisson), Academia Verlag, (forthcoming 2011).

Review of David Sedley, Creationism and its critics in Antiquity, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007 for Mouseion (forthcoming).


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/PHIL2010 3.0  Origins of Western Philosophy LECT  
Fall 2017 AP/PHIL3600 3.0  Ancient Philosophy LECT