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Dr James Warren

Dr James Warren

University Reader in Ancient Philosophy

Academic Secretary for Graduate Affairs

Fellow and Director of Studies in Philosophy at Corpus Christi College

Corpus Christi College

Office Phone: 01223 339996

Research Interests

Ancient philosophy.  Philosophy of death.

Research Supervision

Areas supervised include: Anaximander, Cicero, Cleanthes, Democritus, Diogenes of Apollonia, Epicurus, Heraclitus, Lucretius, Musonius Rufus, Philolaus, Plato, Seneca.

Key Publications

You can download a full CV here.  His page is here.

Major publications: 

Epicurus and Democritean Ethics: an Archaeology of Ataraxia (C.U.P. 2002)

Facing Death: Epicurus and his Critics
(O.U.P. 2004)

(Acumen and Univ. California Press 2007, now Routledge) 

The Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism (C.U.P. 2009)

The Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy (with F. C. C. Sheffield, Routledge 2014)

The Pleasures of Reason in Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic Hedonists (C.U.P. 2014)

Some recent articles:

“Epicurean pleasure in Cicero’s De Finibus” in J. Annas and G. Betegh eds. (2016) Cicero’s De Finibus. Philosophical Perspectives, Cambridge, CUP: 41–76"The bloom of youth", Apeiron 48 (2015): 327-45 [online here]

“Coming-to-be and passing-away” in K. Algra and K. Ierodiakonou eds. (2015) Sextus Empiricus and Ancient Physics, Cambridge, CUP: 365-402

“Precursors of Pyrrhonism: DL  9.67–73” in K. Vogt ed. (2015) Pyrrhonian Skepticism in Diogenes Laertius (SAPERE 25), Mohr-Siebeck, Göttingen: 105–122

“Epicurus and the unity of the virtues” in B. Collette-Dučić and S. Delcomminette eds. (2014) Unité et origine des vertus dans la philosophie de l’Antiquité, Ousia/Vrin: 213-36

“The Symmetry Problem” in Stephen Luper ed. (2014) The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death, Cambridge, CUP: 165-80

“Epicureans and Cyrenaics on pleasure as a pathos” in Stéphane Marchand and Francesco Verde (eds.)(2013) Épicurisme et Scepticisme, Rome: Sapienza Università Editrice: 127-45

“Comparing lives in Plato, Laws V” in Phronesis 58 (2013): 319-56 [pdf]

“The harm of death in Cicero’s first Tusculan Disputation” in J. Stacey Taylor ed. (2013) The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death, Oxford, OUP: 44–70

“Gods and men in Xenophanes” in V. Harte and M. Lane eds. (2013) Politieia in Greek and Roman Philosophy (Festschrift for Malcolm Schofield), Cambridge, CUP: 294–312

“Foreword” to W. K. C. Guthrie, The Greek Philosophers: from Thales to Aristotle, London, Routledge

“What god didn’t know: Sextus Empiricus AM 9.162–6” in D. Machuca ed. (2011) New Essays on Ancient Pyrrhonism, Leiden, Brill: 41-68. [pdf]

“Socrates and the Patients: Republic IX, 583C-585A” in Phronesis 56 (2011) 113-37 [online here

“Pleasure, Plutarch's Non posse, and Plato's Republic” in Classical Quarterly 61 (2011): 278-93 [online here]

“Plato on the pleasures and pains of knowing” in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 39 (2010) 1-32 [pdf offprint here]

“Removing fear” in J. Warren ed. (2009) The Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism, Cambridge, CUP: 234-48 [online here]

“Aristotle on Speusippus on Eudoxus on pleasure” in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 36 (2009): 249-81 [pdf offprint here]


“Plato” in S. Golob and J. Timmermann eds. The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy, Cambridge, CUP

“Death” in R. Fletcher and W. H. Shearin eds. The Oxford Handbook of Roman Philosophy, Oxford, OUP

“Epicureans on hidden beliefs” in F. Leigh ed. Self-Knowledge in Ancient Philosophy (UCL Keeling Colloquium)

“Demetrius of Laconia and Epicurus On the Telos (Us. 68)” in J. Bryan, R. Wardy and J. Warren eds. Authors and Authorities in Ancient Philosophy, Cambridge, CUP

Upcoming events

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 24, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Happy Families?

Oct 25, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Archaeology Seminar

Oct 25, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Literature Seminar

Oct 26, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Strike a Pose

Oct 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Vacancy - Research Associate, ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project (CREWS)

Oct 20, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate who will be a member of the ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ (CREWS) project, led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele.

How to write a Greek Dictionary

Oct 06, 2016

Watch the film about the Faculty's Greek Lexicon Project, working towards a a new dictionary of Ancient Greek.

New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October in Room LG.17, Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site. To reserve your place please reply to by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

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