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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

Philological Society

Apr 26, 2018

Room G.21

Ancient History Seminar

Apr 30, 2018

Room G.21

Linguistics Research Seminar

May 02, 2018

Room 1.11

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

May 04, 2018

Room 1.11

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University Lectureship in Classics (Greek Literature)

Apr 04, 2018

Details of how to apply for this established post are now available on line. Closing date: 2 May 2018.

AHRC CDP Funded PhD position in Classics (Mycenaean Archaeology)

Mar 28, 2018

The University of Cambridge and the British Museum invite applications for a funded, three-year PhD in Classics (Mycenaean Archaeology).

Professor Emily Gowers: Sather Lectures

Mar 27, 2018

The Faculty offers its warmest congratulations to Professor Emily Gowers who has been invited to deliver The Sather Lectures at Berkeley in 2021/2.

Honorary Degrees

Mar 26, 2018

The Faculty is delighted to announce the award of an Honorary Degree by the University to Joyce Reynolds, and also by the University of Oxford to Mary Beard, at congregations on 20th June.

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