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Faculty of Classics



The Apologies of Plato and Xenophon; Diodorus Cronus


Key publications: 

Plato: the Apology of Socrates and Xenophon: the Apology of Socrates (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2019), pp. xi + 148.

‘The prehistory of logic’, forthcoming in Luca Castagnoli (ed.) The Camrbidge Companion To Ancient Logic(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

‘Authority and the dialectic of Socrates’, in Jenny Bryan, Robert Wardy, and James Warren(eds.) Authors and Authorities(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 41-57.

‘The real Euthyphro problem, solved’, in Anders Klostergaard Petersen and George van Kooten (eds.) Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World, = Ancient Philosophy And Religion, vol. 1, (Brill: Leiden 2017), pp. 63-72. 

‘The political skill of Protagoras’, in Verity Harte and Melissa Lane (eds.), Politeia in Greek and Roman Philosophy, (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2013), pp. 155-67. 

Plato: Protagoras (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2008), pp. xiii + 207.

'The Phaedo's final argument', in Dominic Scott (ed.) Maieusis: Essays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2007), pp. 87-96.

'Sun and line: the role of the Good', in G.R.F. Ferrari (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Plato's Republic (Cambridge University Press: New York, 2007), pp. 284-309.

‘Mark 16:8 and Plato, Protagoras 328d’, in Tyndale Bulletin, vol. 57, no. 1 (2006) pp. 149-50.

Plato: Alcibiades (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2001), pp. xi + 254.

‘Never will and cannot’, in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society: Supplementary Volume 74 (2000), 163-178.

‘Just war’, in Roger Teichmann (ed.) Logic, Cause and Action: essays in honour of Elizabeth Anscombe (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2000), = Philosophy Supplement 46, pp. 137-151.

‘Mirrors in James 1:22-25 and Plato, Alcibiades132c-133c’, Tyndale Bulletin, vol. 50 (1999) 237-40.

‘The Master Argument of Diodorus Cronus: A Near Miss’, in Philosophiegeschichte und Logische Analyse / Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy, vol. 2 (1999), pp. 239-52.

‘Names, verbs and quantification’, Philosophy, vol. 73 (1998), pp. 619-23.

‘Is anything absolutely wrong?’, in D.S. Oderberg and J.A. Laing (eds.) Human Lives: critical essays on consequentialist bioethics (Macmillan: London, 1997), pp. 39-57.

‘Priest’s paraconsistent arithmetic’, Mind, vol. 104, number 415, July 1995, pp. 567-575.

‘Why do mirrors reverse left/right and not up/down?’, Philosophy, vol. 69, no. 268 (April 1994) pp. 205-10.

‘Pure second-order logic’, Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, vol. 33, no. 2 (Spring 1992), pp. 220-224.

Language, thought and falsehood in ancient Greek philosophy, (Routledge: London, 1991), pp. xi + 222.

‘Can physics be exact?’, originally in Cahiers du séminaire d’épistémologie et d’histoire des sciences, Numéro 20, “La Physique” d’Aristote; and now in François De Gandt and Pierre Souffrin (eds.) La Physique d’Aristote et les conditions d’une science de la nature, (J. Vrin: Paris, 1991), pp. 73-83.

‘Ease and difficulty: a modal logic with deontic applications’, Theoria, vol. 56, part 1-2 (1990), pp. 42-61.

‘The principle of harmony’, Analysis, vol. 49, no. 1 (1989), pp. 21-22.

‘Stoicism and token-reflexivity’, in Jonathan Barnes and Mario Mignucci (eds.) Matter and metaphysics, (Bibliopolis: Naples, 1988), pp. 375-396.

‘Ethics in Plato’s Republic’, in Godfrey Vesey (ed.), Philosophers ancient and modern, (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1986), pp. 19-32.

‘The case against divination: an examination of Cicero’s de Divinatione’, Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society, no. 211 = new series no. 31 (1985), pp. 1-10.

‘Catholic and apostolic’, Scottish Journal of Theology, vol. 38, no. 4 (1985), pp. 515-528.

‘The origins of justice’, in SUZHTSIS: studi sull’Epicureismo Greco e Romano offerti a Marcello Gigante, (Gaetano Macchiaroli Editore: Naples, 1983), vol. 1, pp. 133-152.

‘Plato’s theory of stuffs’, Philosophy, vol 58, no. 225 (1983), pp. 315-328.

‘Chess and life: the structure of a moral code’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, New Series vol. 82 (1981-82), pp. 59-68.

Time, action and necessity: a proof of free will, (Duckworth: London, 1981), pp. 103.

‘The atomism of Diodorus Cronus’, Prudentia, vol. 13, no. 1 (1981), pp. 33-45.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Recent topics include: Aristotle's ethical theory of action; Linguistic Fallacies in the Sophistical Refutations; The logic of self-refutation from Democritus to Augustine; Mixing, mixtures and perception in Aristotle; Eros and Socratic education; Cause, explanation and theory in Plato’s Phaedo.

Senior Lecturer in Classics (Ancient Philosophy)
Fellow and College Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Trinity College
Mr Nicholas  Denyer

Contact Details

Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ
01223 338569 (College)
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