Director of Studies in Philosophy
I am interested in all areas of ancient philosophy, particularly ancient ethics. My research explores desire, love, and friendship, and considers their role in the good life for Plato and Aristotle.
I am writing a book about Plato’s Phaedrus, and co-editing the Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy. Recent publications include an edition of Plato’s Symposium, with introduction and critical notes for Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy (2008), a monograph, Plato’s Symposium: The Ethics of Desire, Oxford University Press (2006), and a co-edited volume Plato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception, Harvard University Press (2006). Recent articles include: ‘The Symposium and Platonic Ethics: Plato, Vlastos, and a misguided debate’, Phronesis 2012, ‘Eros before and after tri-partition’, in (ed.) Brittain, Barney and Brennan, Plato and the Divided Soul (Cambridge University Press) 2012, ‘Beyond eros: Plato on Friendship in the Phaedrus’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 2011, and ‘Aristotle and eros’, in (ed.) MM. McCabe, Harte, Sharples and Sheppard, Aristotle Reading Plato, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 2010. I also have a podcast on Plato’s erotic dialogues, in the series The History of Philosophy without the Gaps, King’s College London (May 2011): http://www.historyofphilosophy.net/plato-sheffield