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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

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

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)

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

Some recent articles:

“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: 

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

“Epicurus on the false belief that sense-impressions conflict” in Philosophie antique

“Socrates and the symmetry argument” in A. G. Long ed. Immortality and its Alternatives in Ancient Thought

“Truth, beauty, purity, and pleasure: Philebus 50e–53c” in G. Richardson Lear, R. Jones, and P. Dimas eds. Plato’s Philebus

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

“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)

 

Upcoming events

In the Round: how to use photogrammetry to make 3D models of classical casts

Oct 17, 2018

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cast Gallery

Raiders of the Secret Scripts

Oct 19, 2018

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cast Gallery

Religious Pollution: negotiating extremes in Greek antiquity

Oct 20, 2018

Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

The King with the Bling

Oct 23, 2018

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cast Gallery

On the Edge: Writing in Roman Britain

Oct 24, 2018

Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

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Second CREWS Conference: Call for Papers

Jun 27, 2018

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The Cambridge Philological Society Prize 2019 and 2020

Jun 27, 2018

The Cambridge Philological Society is pleased to announce the establishment of a prize for the best submitted article by a graduate student or early-career researcher.

Research Associate (Assistant Editor, Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World)

Jun 22, 2018

Details of how to apply for this one year fixed term post are now available online, Closing date 23 July 2018.

Life After Classics: alumni profiles

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Our Classics alumni give us an insight into their lives after studying Classics at Cambridge.

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