Eric Sanday

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Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2003
M.A. Fordham University, 1996
B.A. University of Pennsylvania


Eric Sanday specializes in Ancient Greek Philosophy with a special focus on the relationship between ethics and ontology. His new book, A Study of Dialectic in Plato's Parmenides, will be published by Northwestern University Press in 2014.  He also has an article on Aristotle's account of imagination and animal motion in the Continuum Companion to Aristotle.  He is co-editor of volumes on Plato's Laws (Indiana University Press), Heraclitus, and Ancient Philosophy from a Continental Perspective (both in process).  His next book project will focus on the way in which the account of truth and life in Plato's  "later" dialogues relates to those aspects of Platonic philosophy, especially myth and erotic experience, that cannot be subsumed under the account of forms and participation.

Note to potential graduate students:  

"In the coming years I plan to offer seminars on the subject of truth in Plato's Sophist and life in Plato's Philebus.  I hope to give students a secure handle on what are in my view some of the most difficult texts in Plato and to give you a basis on which to build your way in to the history of philosophy.  I am particularly interested in working out in detail the Platonic conception of dialectic and the transformative process by which, in Plato's view, the philosopher develops into maturity."




Selected Publications: 


In Print and Forthcoming:

·    A Study of Dialectic In Plato’s Parmenides, Northwestern University Press (forthcoming, 2014).

·    “Phantasia in De Anima,Continuum Companion to Aristotle, Claudia Baracchi ed. (2013).

·    Plato’s Laws: Force and Truth In Politics, Indiana University Press, Gregory Recco and Eric Sanday  eds. (2013).

·    “Property, Impiety, and the Problem of Ending: Plato’s Laws Books XI & XII,” in Plato’s Laws: Force and Truth In Politics, Recco & Sanday eds. (2013).

·    “Challenging the Established Order: Socrates’ perversion of Callicles’ position in Plato’s Gorgias,” Epoché, vol. 14.2, 2012: 197-216.

·    “Eleatic Metaphysics in Plato’s Parmenides: Zeno’s Puzzle of Plurality,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 23.3, 2009:  208-226.

·    “Philosophy as the Practice of Musical Inheritance:  Republic Book II,” Epoché, vol. 11.2, 2007:  305-317.


Articles and Volumes in Process:

·    “Philosophical Method in Plato’s Statesman,” in edited volume on Plato’s Statesman, Sallis ed. (chapter edited volume, in process)

·     “The Ethical Unity of the Five Kinds in Plato’s Sophist” (article in process).

·    “The Metaphysics of the Decline of Regimes in Republic VIII” (article in process).

·    Companion to Ancient Greek Philosophy, eds. Sean Kirkland and Eric Sanday, in process (edited volume in process).

·    “Being in Late Plato,” in Companion to Ancient Greek Philosophy, Kirkland and Sanday eds.

·    Essays on Heraclitus (edited volume in process).

·    “Reading Philosophy:  Heraclitus Fragment B1,” in Essays on Heraclitus.


Review Articles and Book Reviews:

·    Review of Fine (G.) The Possibility of Inquiry. Meno’s Paradox from Socrates to Sextus. Pp. xiv + 399. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, for Classical Review (in process).
·    Review of Gordon, Plato’s Erotic World, Polis, Vol. 30, no. 2, 2013.

·    “Reply to Haydn Ausland,” in Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 2011-12, 2013.

·    Book Review: Rhapsody of Philosophy by Max Statkiewicz (Penn State University Press), Review of Metaphysics, vol. 64.1, 2010.

·    Review Article, Aristotle’s Ethics as First Philosophy by Claudia Baracchi, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, vol. 29.2, 2008:  185-195.

·    Book Review, Aristotle’s Ethics as First Philosophy by Claudia Baracchi, Ancient Philosophy vol. 29.2, 2009:  447-450.




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