My work concerns the history of political philosophy, with a specialization on Plato and the Pre-Socratics. My research focuses on the emergence of Socratic philosophy out of early Greek poetry and philosophy. I am interested in how the pre-philosophic world arrayed in Homer and Hesiod provoked the first philosophers and how their work, in turn, lead to the enduring, Socratic model. The results of my work include a monograph on Plato’s Parmenides, in addition to a number of articles on various Platonic dialogues, Milesian thought, Parmenides, Hesiod, Aristotle, and (yes) Buster Keaton. I currently have a manuscript on Plato’s Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman under review.
I currently hold the position of Instructor in the Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Here I teach small seminars on the great books with an eye to the development and effects of modern science. Prior to this, I wandered the academic hinterland, teaching Philosophy and Humanities Courses at Sarah Lawrence College, Long Island University, Kutztown University, and Manhattanville College.
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