Eric Sanday

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  • Associate Professor
  • Philosophy
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
1423 Patterson Office Tower
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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 (2015). 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 with Greg Recco of a volume on Plato's Laws (Indiana University Press) and with Sean Kirkland of a collection of essays on ancient philosophy (Northwestern). His next book project will focus on the account of truth and life in Plato's Timaeus.

Note to potential graduate students:  

"If you are interested in studying Ancient Greek philosophy at UK, please feel free to contact me by phone or email."

Selected Publications: 


In Print and Forthcoming:


  • Companion to Ancient Greek Philosophy, ed. Sean Kirkland and Eric Sanday, Northwestern University Press (2018).
  • “Being in Late Plato,” in Companion to Ancient Greek Philosophy, ed. Kirkland and Sanday, Northwestern University Press (2018).
  • "Self-Knowledge in Plato’s Symposium,” in Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy, ed. Andy German and James M. Ambury.German, Cambridge University Press (2018).
  • “Philosophical Method in Plato’s Statesman,” in Plato’s Statesman: Dialectic, Myth, and Politics, ed. Sallis, 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:

  • "Dionysus and Diotima" (working title of an essay on the relationship between the household, reversal, and justice in Eurpides and Plato),
  • 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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