• Uncategorized

    Listing of Graduate Programs in Ancient Philosophy (Updated)

    I’m posting a listing of places with graduate programs that cover ancient philosophy (in alphabetical order, sorted by region). The aim is to provide a general directory of places that are either local or international hubs for ancient philosophy. I am including non-anglophone programs with international connections. I think this will be useful for prospective graduate students (though inclusion on this list does not represent an endorsement: there are many further factors prospective students should consider) and for scholars looking for possible collaborators or thinking about people to invite. I want to include any program that has multiple faculty members working in ancient philosophy and often has ancient philosophy reading…

  • Uncategorized

    New Joint PhD/MA Philosophy & Classics program at the University of Notre Dame

    The University of Notre Dame is launching a new joint program (PhD in Philosophy and MA in Classics) and asked me to share the following announcement: Since we are upon a new cycle of graduate applications, I wanted to bring to your attention the new Joint PhD/MA Philosophy & Classics program at the University of Notre Dame (deadline Jan 15th). This is a six-year funded program that aims to provide students with the opportunity to pursue a PhD in Philosophy and a MA in Classics in tandem. The MA degree can be pursued with different degrees of emphasis on either Greek or Latin (see under ‘Double Degree’). The joint program should be…

  • Teaching

    Teaching Ancient Philosophy Online

    Evan Strevell, Teaching Professor at Xavier University, writes: “with more or less two months to go, I was wondering whether it might be worthwhile to attempt some kind of call for the sharing of best practices specifically for teaching ancient philosophy online and / or in a hybrid format.  It would be especially beneficial if veterans of teaching ancient philosophy online could share how they set up individual modules, the Student Learning Objectives [SLOs] for those modules, and tools for assessment of those SLOs.  Prior to last semester’s panicked switch, I had never taught online.  This Fall I have an ancient survey.  I am hoping to be able to teach…

  • Scholarship

    Ancient Philosophy Journal Experiences and Time Frames, June 2020 Update

    Last September, I highlighted what recent public surveys submitted to the APA Journal Surveys project indicated about the editorial experience at journals that specialize in ancient philosophy and the history of philosophy. I’m writing to provide another update based on recent surveys (though things have not changed too much). The journals that get the best ratings for editorial experience are also the quickest. The British Journal for the History of Philosophy and the Journal of the History of Philosophy continue to lead the way in editor experience scores. The APA journal surveys site asks respondents to rate the overall editorial experience from 1-5 and these two are the only ones with…

  • Scholarship

    Online Ancient Greek Reading Groups

    A number of participants in the Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy Network are interested in online reading groups. We are tentatively planning on starting ancient Greek reading groups on Plato, Aristotle, and late ancient texts. They will probably meet every other week. If you’re interested in participating in any of the reading groups (Plato, Aristotle, or late ancient), send an email to ancientphilosophyevents AT gmail.com by Monday, June 1 with 1) your name, 2) your email address, and 3) which group(s) you are interested in. I will follow up with group members on dates, times, texts, and format that week. All potential participants will be able to share their available…

  • Scholarship,  Teaching

    Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy Network Facebook Group

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many events have been cancelled and many of us cam no longer be as active in person. To connect scholars online, I’ve set up an Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy Network Facebook group. It’s a forum for scholars working in any area of ancient philosophy, from Thales of Miletus through to Boethius and Byzantium, in order to create a greater sense of community within a field that features scholars from many different backgrounds, perspectives, and locations. All members are encouraged to share ancient philosophy related events, questions, books and articles (including their own), and teaching materials. Any scholar with an interest in ancient philosophy, whatever…

  • Teaching

    Resources for Online Teaching

    As more and more philosophy instructors need to move classes online due to COVID-19, many of us are looking for help with teaching virtually.  Mary Beth Willard (Weber State University) has shared some great general tips for quickly switching your course to an online format. It also makes sense to use resources that are already out there. I just assigned two podcasts from the History of Philosophy without any gaps to my History of Ancient Philosophy class, as the best way to introduce them to Aristotle, whom we are considering next. You should also check out (and add to) this spreadsheet (created by Liz Jackson (ANU) and Tyron Goldschmidt (Rochester)…

  • Scholarship

    Ancient Philosophy Events and COVID-19 (Updated)

    As COVID-19 spreads more and more widely, restrictions on public gatherings and on travel, especially international travel, continue to grow. Daily Nous has a post on the way philosophy events such as department talks and visits have been affected. You can also check this crowd sourced Google doc of cancelled academic conferences. If you know of an ancient philosophy event that has been cancelled or postponed, please contact me and I will update the ancient philosophy events calendar appropriately. Also, if anyone is moving their event online or hosting new online events, please share them! There are lots of people looking for ways to stay connected.  Invicem succurrite et valete!

  • Scholarship

    Publons and Recognizing Peer Review

    Peer review is the foundation of our whole system of recognizing and sharing scholarship. At the same time, it consists of unpaid labor that is rarely rewarded or recognized, though some efforts are now being made. Its burden also falls disproportionately on the conscientious who are more likely to respond to requests and to do a decent job as reviewers. Those who ignore invitations to review or do such a poor job that they will not be asked again can free ride on the system. We need better ways to incentivize scholars to do their fair share of peer review. Publons, a website that tracks peer reviews and works with…