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Professor James Warren

Professor James Warren

Professor of Ancient Philosophy

Fellow and Director of Studies in Philosophy at Corpus Christi College

Corpus Christi College
Cambridge
CB2 1RH

Office Phone: 01223 339996

Research Interests

Ancient philosophy.  Philosophy of death.

Research Supervision

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

Key Publications

You can download a full CV 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)

Presocratics
(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]

Forthcoming: 

“Plato” in S. Golob and J. Timmermann eds. The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy, Cambridge, CUP: 28-41

“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

"Epicurus on the false belief the sense impressions conflict" in Philosophie antique

Upcoming events

Ancient History Seminar

Nov 20, 2017

Room G.21

Classical Archaeology Seminar

Nov 21, 2017

Room 1.04

Linguistics Seminar

Nov 22, 2017

Room 1.11

Philosophy Seminar

Nov 23, 2017

Room 1.11

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

Nov 24, 2017

Room 1.11

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