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Faculty of Classics

 

Biography

Frisbee was an undergraduate at Bristol University, an MPhil student at Cambridge University and studied for her DPhil at Oxford University. She held a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Classics, at the Institute of Hellenic and Roman Studies, Bristol University, followed by a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge. She taught at Yale and Kings College London before coming to Cambridge.

Research

Ancient Greek philosophy, particularly ethics, moral psychology, aesthetics, politics and the reception of ancient Greek philosophy, particularly in the work of Hannah Arendt.

Publications

Key publications: 

Monographs and Edited Volumes

2013 (Co-editor) The Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy

2008 (Co-editor) Plato’s Symposium, introduction and critical notes for an edition in the Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series

2006 Plato’s Symposium: The Ethics of Desire, Oxford University Press

2006 (Co-editor) Plato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception, Harvard University Press

 

Articles

Forthcoming: “The ‘Moral’ Transformation of Socratic Dialogue” in Transformation and the History of Philosophy

Forthcoming: “Moral Motivation in Plato’s Republic? Philia and the Return to the Cave”, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy

Forthcoming: “Defending Plato’s Alcibiades”, in (ed.) Duff, T., Alcibiades: A History

Forthcoming: “Desire and Argument in Plato’s Gorgias”, Cambridge Critical Guides: The Gorgias

Forthcoming: “The Value of Communication: Geometrical Equality and Dialectic in Plato’s Gorgias” in ed. Mikes, Plato's Gorgias. Proceedings from the Twelve Symposium Platonicum Pragense.

Forthcoming: ‘Plato and Aristotle on Love and Friendship’, Oxford Handbook of Love, ed. R. Hanley

2020: ‘Love in the City: Eros and Philia in Plato’s Laws’, Plato on the Emotions, ed. L. Candiotti and O. Renault

2019 ‘The Greek Philosophers against Arendt’, Journal of the History of Political Thought

2017 ‘Eros and the Pursuit of Form in Plato’s Symposium’, in Plato’s Symposium: A Critical Guide, Cambridge, ed. P. Destree

2017 ‘Platonic Piety: Beyond the Euthyphro’, in eds. Anders Klostergaard Petersen & George van Kooten, Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World: From Plato, through Jesus, to Late Antiquity (Ancient Philosophy & Religion 1), Leiden/Boston: Brill

2017 ‘Love and Friendship in Plato’, in The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Ethics, ed. C. Bobonich

2017 “Why there is no such thing as a Soul Mate”, The Critique, online Philosophy Journal

2013 ‘Plato on Virtue and the Good life’ in The Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy, eds. J. Warren and F. Sheffield

2012 ‘The Symposium and Platonic Ethics: Plato, Vlastos, and a misguided debate’, Phronesis vol. 57 (2) 117-141

2012 ‘Eros before and after tri-partition’, in (ed.) Brittain, Barney and Brennan, Plato and the Divided Soul, Cambridge

2012 ‘Symposium 201d1-204c6’, in (ed.) C. Horn, Plato’s Symposium 

2011 ‘Beyond eros: Plato on Friendship in the Phaedrus’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society vol. 111 (2) 251-273

2010 ‘Aristotle and eros’, in (ed.) MM. McCabe, Harte, Sharples and Sheppard, Aristotle Reading Plato, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies

2006 ‘The Role of the Earlier Speeches in Plato’s Symposium: Plato’s Endoxic Method?’, in (ed.) Sheffield, Nails and Lesher, Plato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception, Harvard University Press

2001 ‘Alcibiades’ Speech: A Satyric Drama’ Greece and Rome, 48 no.2

2001 ‘Psychic Pregnancy and Platonic Epistemology’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 20

 

Work In Progress

Book length study of Plato’s Phaedrus

“Thinking and Moral Considerations: Arendt’s Banality of Evil as a Socratic Concept” (under review)

University Lecturer in Classics
Fellow and Director of Studies at Downing College
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Details of how to apply for this part time teaching post are now avilable online . Deadline Monday 23rd August 2021.

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