Eric Sanday

  • Associate Professor
  • Interim Chair 2017-18
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
  • Philosophy
1423 Patterson Office Tower
Other Affiliations:
  • Lewis Honors College
Research Interests:

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2003 (Philosophy)
M.A. Fordham University, 1996 (Philosophy)
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1991 (Physics)


Eric Sanday specializes in Ancient Greek Philosophy with a special focus on the relationship between ethics and ontology. His book, A Study of Dialectic in Plato's Parmenides, is available from Northwestern University Press. His recent and forthcoming articles focus on the nature of pleasure in Plato's Philebus, paradigm in Plato’s Statesman, and the existential weight of the philosophical path in Plato's Symposium. He is the co-editor of a volume on Plato's Laws (Indiana University Press) and a collection of essays on ancient philosophy. His next book project will focus on the account of truth and life in Plato's Timaeus.

Note to potential graduate students:  

"In the spring of 2017 I will be teaching a seminar on the differing conception of form in Plato's dialogues, focusing on the Phaedo, Republic, and Parmenides. I aim to use this account of form to contextualize the way Plato, through Socrates, speaks of perception and the common sensibles (ta koina) in the Theaetetus.  I hope to give students an opportunity to strengthen their skills of reading and writing philosophically (i.e. with honesty, creativity, and precision) through careful analysis of some of the most difficult texts in Plato, and I hope to provide a basis for understanding the history of philosophy for oneself.  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:


  • "Self-Knowledge in Plato’s Symposium,” in Self-Knowledge in Platonic Philosophy, German and Ambury (eds.), Cambridge University Press (2017).
  • “Philosophical Method in Plato’s Statesman,” in Plato’s Statesman: Dialectic, Myth, and Politics, Sallis ed., SUNY Press (2017)
  • “Truth and Pleasure in the Philebus,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 36.2 (2015).
  • A Study of Dialectic In Plato’s Parmenides, Northwestern University Press (2015).
  • 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:

  • Companion to Ancient Greek Philosophy, eds. Sean Kirkland and Eric Sanday (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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