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Paul B Woodruff

ProfessorPhD, Princeton

Professor of Philosophy; Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies
Paul B Woodruff



Ancient philosophy, early Greek philosophy, aesthetics, democracy, virtue ethics, Socrates, Plato


Well-known for his influential articles on Socrates and Plato, Professor Woodruff has also published critical editions of Plato's Hippias Major (1982), Ion(1983), and (with Alexander Nehamas) Symposium(1989) and Phaedrus (1995). He has also written on topics in aesthetics and ethics. His recent publications include Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue(Oxford University Press, 2001), Socrates on Reason and Religion (edited with Nicholas Smith, Oxford, 2000), Early Greek Political Thought from Homer to the Sophists (Cambridge, 1995, with M. Gagarin), Thucydides on Justice, Power, and Human Nature (Hackett, 1993), and contributions to Essays on the Philosophy of Socrates (Oxford, 1994), Essays on Aristotle's Poetics (Princeton, 1992), and The Cambridge Companion to Early Greek Philosophy (1999). He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and has twice directed NEH seminars on ancient philosophy.

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