Eric Sanday

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Philosophy
1425 Patterson Office Tower
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, he has articles forthcoming on Plato’s Statesman (in an edited volume in process) and Plato’s Philebus (Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal), and he is co-editor of a volume on Plato's Laws (Indiana University Press). His next book project will focus on the account of truth and life in Plato's Timaeus.

Note to potential graduate students:  

"In the coming years I plan to offer seminars on "The Death of God," focusing on the Platonic response to the collapse of the traditional divinities in the context of the polis (Spring 2016) and on Plato's Timaeus.  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:

  • “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:

  • “Philosophical Method in Plato’s Statesman,” in edited volume on Plato’s Statesman, Sallis ed. (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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