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Professor James Warren

Professor James Warren

Professor of Ancient Philosophy

Fellow in Philosophy, Corpus Christi College

Corpus Christi College
Cambridge
CB2 1RH

Office Phone: 01223 339996

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.

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)

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

Some recent articles:

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

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: 

Regret. A Study in Ancient Moral Psychology, Oxford, OUP

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

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

“Death” in W. H. Shearin ed. The Oxford Handbook of Roman Philosophy, Oxford, OUP

 

 

Upcoming events

Conservation Week: Medusa, the Return

Dec 10, 2019

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Philology and Linguistics

Feb 19, 2020

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The Corbett Lecture 2019

Feb 24, 2020

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Athens: Economy & Democracy Conference (in honour of P. Millett)

Jul 09, 2020

Faculty of Classics and Downing College, Cambridge

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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2020

Nov 15, 2019

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Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History

Oct 30, 2019

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Caroline Vout has been appointed to the Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History, a visiting professorship at the University of Leiden. The appointment is for five years from Michaelmas 2019.

Myles Burnyeat

Sep 23, 2019

The Faculty is very sorry to have to report the death, aged 80, of Myles Burnyeat, Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy from 1984 to 1996, and honorary Fellow of Robinson, on Friday 20th September.

2019 Gifford Lectures

Jun 04, 2019

Professor Beard's Gifford Lectures (University of Edinburgh), on The Ancient World and Us: From Fear and Loathing to Enlightenment and Ethics, are now available on line.

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