• KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

PhD projects

I am glad to supervise PhD students in ancient philosophy and encourage prospective applicants to make contact. I recommend looking at the profiles of the other scholars in ancient philosophy working in St Andrews (see above) to see the range of expertise here. Postgraduate students currently or recently supervised by me have worked on Plato, Xenophon, political philosophy and Hellenistic philosophy.

Personal profile

Research overview

I work on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. I have written two monographs, one about conversation and thought – especially thought as internal dialogue – in Plato, the other about death and immortality in Greek and Roman philosophy. I co-edit the journal Phronesis and the Cambridge University Press series Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy I have also translated two Platonic dialogues (with David Sedley) and edited a collection of papers on Plato and Stoicism.

Current Research

  • Nature in political philosophy and ethics
  • Belief and judgement, doxa and dogma (especially in Plato and the Stoic writer Epictetus)
  • Law and legislation in ancient philosophy


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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