Christopher Moore

early greek philosophy

Critias of Athens: Oxford Bibliography

Chris Raymond and I published in 2019 an annotated Oxford Bibliography to two centuries of scholarship on Critias of Athens.  In over two hundred entries and twenty thousand words, we present the state of the art on this contemporary of Socrates, perhaps the most interesting political intellectual of late 5th century Athens: a poet, literary…

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The Cambridge Companion to the Sophists

Under contract, co-edited with Josh Billings (Princeton), and expected in 2021, the first Cambridge Companion to the Sophists will reassess and reframe the so-called Sophistic Movement of late fifth-century Athens as the rise of the Europe’s first public intellectual sphere, and the “Sophists” as its first “Public Intellectuals.” (My contribution will be the fourth-century reception…

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Socrates and Self-Knowledge

Published by Cambridge U.P. in 2015, Socrates and Self-Knowledge, now available in inexpensive paperback, and previewable on Google, has now been reviewed in the following journals: Classical Philology (A. Callard) Philosophical Quarterly (B. Hennig) Phronesis (D. Scott) Revue de Philologie (P. Pontier) Polis (T. Brickhouse) Ancient Philosophy (W. Prior) Classical Journal (B. Norton) Plato Journal…

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Calling Philosophers Names

Available since the end of 2019, my new book with Princeton University Press, Calling Philosophers Names: On the Origins of a Discipline ( For an interview about the book with the Irish Times, see here: “What’s so funny about philosophers.” Here’s the official marketing copy: An original and provocative book that illuminates the origins of…

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Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue

In 2018, my co-editor Alessandro Stavru and I published Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue, in forty chapters plus introduction. (I contributed the chapter on Xenophon’s Memorabilia Book 4, where Socrates’ “curriculum” is set out.) It serves as a companion to my Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Socrates. This volume focuses on the vast range…

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Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Socrates

Available since mid-2019, Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Socrates, comprising 1030 pages, contains 36 articles providing a nearly unbroken 2350 years of philosophical / para-philosophical reception of Socrates, a paradigm of moral discipline and cognitive perspicacity, revealing a figure of practically unparalleled influence — of an amazing varied sort — on the history of…

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Plato’s Charmides: a new commentary and translation

Hackett Publishing has released (March 2019) its first new Plato translation in fifteen years — of the Charmides. This work, done with my colleague Chris Raymond (Vassar) over the past decade, provides an introduction to the historical and intellectual context of the dialogue, its connection to the life and literary goals of Plato; a translation…

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The _[Rival] Lovers_

The Platonic dialogue Anterastai or Erastai (Rival Lovers or Lovers) is the only extant Socratic dialogue explicitly concerned about the nature of philosophia. (Aristotle’s fragmentary Protrepticus, perhaps also a dialogue, but not Socratic, is about the same topic.) Understanding of the dialogue has been slowed by several considerations. (i) Many scholars suspect that it is…

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Critias Conference: 10–11 May 2019

With the collaborationist Chris Raymond (Vassar), I am organizing a Penn State conference on the life, fragmentary works, and reception of Critias of Athens, for 10-11 May 2019. (This is only the second such conference known to us, and the only to aim at exhaustiveness.) Through eight seminars over two days, led and joined by…

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Mirror of Antiquity podcast

I am interviewed about self-knowledge and my struggles to get any in this episode of the “Mirror of Antiquity” podcast. It’s 48 minutes, condensed from a three-hour discussion. It does end up representing a number of things I in fact believe. Curtis Dozier, at Vassar College, is the interviewer and producer.

The Origins of Self-Knowledge

In late April 2019, I spoke at a conference on self-knowledge organized by the Swedish Ax:son Johnson Foundation — an Engelsberg Seminar held outside Stockholm.  The following is the precis for my presentation, which addresses the way “self-knowledge” became formulated and treated as an urgent topic of study at the headwaters of Greek philosophia. (See…

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