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Faculty of Classics

 

Biography

James was an undergraduate student in Classics at Clare College, where he took the Intensive Greek course.  He stayed at Clare for his postgraduate work before spending two years as a Research Fellow at Magdalene College.  He moved to Corpus Christi College on his appointment to a university position in 2001.

Full CV (pdf format)

Research

Ancient philosophy.  Philosophy of death.

Publications

Key publications: 

You can download a full CV here. 

PhilPeople Profile: https://philpeople.org/profiles/james-warren

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)

Authors and Authorities in Ancient Philosophy (joint editor with Jenny Bryan and Robert Wardy, C.U.P. 2018)

Body and Soul in Hellenistic Philosophy (joint editor with Brad Inwood, C.U.P. 2020)

Regret. A Study in Ancient Moral Psychology (O.U.P 2021)

Some recent articles:

“Death” in M. Garani, D. Konstan, G. Reydams-Schils eds. (2023) The Oxford Handbook of Roman Philosophy, Oxford, OUP : 429 – 41

“Memory, anticipation, pleasure” in M. Hampson and F. Leigh eds. (2022) Psychology and Value in Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic Philosophy, Oxford, OUP: 141 – 69

“Cato’s integritas” in Philosophie antique 22 (2022): 9 – 37

“Socrates, Justice” in Sellers, M., Kirste, S. (eds) Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_938-1

“Socrates and the symmetry argument” in A. G. Long ed. (2021) Immortality in Ancient Philosophy (C.U.P.): 143-60

"Philonides (2): Epicurean Philosopher" in The Oxford Classical Dictionary: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.5010

“Epicureans on hidden beliefs” in F. Leigh ed. (2020) Self-Knowledge in Ancient Philosophy (O.U.P.): 171-86

Protagoras and Gorgias” in G. Fine ed. (2019) The Oxford Handbook of Plato (2nd edition), Oxford, OUP: 141-59

“Epicurus on the false belief that sense-impressions conflict” in Philosophie antique 19 (2019): 7-28

“Truth, beauty, purity, and pleasure: Philebus 50e–53c” in P. Dimas, R. E. Jones, and G. R. Lear eds. Plato’s Philebus: A Philosophical Discussion, Oxford, OUP: 184-201

“Demetrius of Laconia and Epicurus On the Telos (Us. 68)” in J. Bryan, R. Wardy and J. Warren eds. (2018) Authors and Authorities in Ancient Philosophy, Cambridge, CUP: 202–21

“Damascius on Aristotle and Theophrastus on Plato on false pleasure” in Revue de Philosophie ancienne 36 (2018): 105-29

“Plato” in S. Golob and J. Timmermann eds. (2018) The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy, Cambridge, CUP: 28–41

“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]

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

Forthcoming: 

“Epicureans on freedom and responsibility” in N. Powers and J. Klein eds. The Oxford Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy, Oxford, OUP

"Early learning in Plato Republic 7" in G. Betegh and V. Tsouna eds. Concepts in Ancient Philosophy

 

 

 

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Ancient philosophy, from the Presocratics to Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy.

Professor of Ancient Philosophy
Chair of the Faculty Board of Classics
Fellow in Philosophy, Corpus Christi College
Professor James  Warren

Contact Details

Corpus Christi College
Cambridge
CB2 1RH
Faculty 01223 761007; College 01223 339996
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The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment of the Brian Leech Memorial Fund. The Fund comes about thanks to a generous donation by Emma Gleave, and is made in memory of her late father, Brian Leech. Brian Leech had a long and successful career as both barrister and judge. He also greatly enjoyed classical studies – with a life-long passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages.