Stephen A White

ProfessorPhD, University of California, Berkeley

Professor of Classics and Philosophy
Stephen A White



Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, especially ethics, Plato, Aristotle, and Stoicism


My interests range widely across ancient philosophy from Aristotle to Zeno (the Stoic from Cyprus more than the Eleatic), and I have side interests in Greek tragedy (especially Aeschylus) and Hellenistic literature.  My teaching is concentrated in ancient philosophy and Greek language (both at all levels), and in Greek culture generally. From time to time I also teach Latin authors and Roman topics.  My research is centered on Aristotle and his associates but extends to many other areas, including early astronomy and Hellenistic philosophy. Recent publications include “Milesian Measures: Time, Space, and Matter” in the Oxford Handbook to Presocratic Philosophy (2008); “Stoic Selection: Objects, Actions, and Agents” in Ancient Models of Mind (2010); and "Philosophy After Aristotle" in the Blackwell Companion to Hellenistic Literature (2010).  My main current projects are a translation of Diogenes Laertius' Lives and Doctrines of the Ancient Philosophers (for CUP), papers on Parmenides, and a book on Aristotle's theories of pleasure.


White, S.A. (2010) Stoic Selection: Objects, Actions, and Agents. In A. Nightingale and D. Sedley (Eds.), Ancient Models of Mind: Studies in Human and Divine Rationality, pp. 110-29. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

White, S.A. (2010) Philosophy After Aristotle. In J. Clauss and M. Cuypers (Eds.), Blackwell Companion to Hellenistic Literature, pp. 366-83. Oxford: Blackwell.

White, S.A. (2008) Milesian Measures: Time, Space, and Matter. In P. Curd and D. Graham (Eds.), Oxford Handbook to Presocratic Philosophy, pp. 89-133. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

White, S.A. (2007) Theophrastus and Callisthenes. In D. Mirhady (Ed.), Influences on Peripatetic Rhetoric: Studies in Honor of William W. Fortenbaugh, pp. 211-230. Leiden: Brill.

White, S.A. (2007) Posidonius and Stoic Physics. In R. Sorabji and R.W. Sharples (Eds.), Greek and Roman Philosophy 100 BC to 200 AD (Bulletin of the Institute for Classical Studies, Suppl. vol. 94), pp. 35-76.

White, S.A. (2006) Aristo of Ceos: Text, Translation, and Discussion. Co-edited with W.W. Fortenbaugh. New Brunswick: Transaction.

White, S.A. (2004) Lyco of Troas and Hieronymus of Rhodes: Text, Translation, and Discussion. Co-edited with W.W. Fortenbaugh. New Brunswick: Transaction.

White, S.A. (2004) Hieronymus of Rhodes: The Sources, Text and Translation. In W. Fortenbaugh & S. White (Eds.), Lyco of Troas and Hieronymus of Rhodes, pp. 79-276. New Brunswick: Transaction.

White, S.A. (2004) Lyco and Hieronymus on the Good Life. In W. Fortenbaugh & S. White (Eds.), Lyco of Troas and Hieronymus of Rhodes, pp. 389-409. New Brunswick: Transaction.

White, S.A. (2002) Happiness in the Hellenistic Lyceum. In L. Jost & R. Shiner (Eds.), Eudaimonia and Well-Being (Apeiron, Suppl. vol. 35), pp. 69-93.

White, S.A. (2002) Thales and the Stars. In V. Caston & D. Graham (Eds.), Presocratic Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Alexander Mourelatos, pp. 3-18. Aldershot: Ashgate.

White, S.A. (2002) Eudemus the Naturalist. In I. Bodnar & W. Fortenbaugh (Eds.), Eudemus of Rhodes, pp. 207-241. New Brunswick: Transaction.

White, S.A. (2002) Opuscula and Opera in the Catalogue of Theophrastus' Works. In W. Fortenbaugh & G. Wohrle (Eds.), On the Opuscula of Theophrastus, pp. 9-38. Stuttgart: Steiner.

White, S.A. (2001) Io's World: Intimations of Theodicy in Prometheus Bound. Journal of Hellenic Studies 121: 107-140.

White, S.A. (2001) Principes Sapientiae: Dicaearchus' Biography of Philosophy. In W. Fortenbaugh & E. Schutrumpf (Eds.), Dicaearchus of Messene, pp. 195-236. New Brunswick: Transaction.

White, S.A. (2000) Socrates at Colonus: A Hero for the Academy. In N. Smith & P. Woodruff (Eds.), Socrates on Reason and Religion, pp. 151-175. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

White, S.A. (1999) Callimachus Battiades (Epigr. 35). Classical Philology 94: 151-175.

White, S.A. (1995) Thrasymachus the Diplomat. Classical Philology 90: 307-327.

White, S.A. (1994) Callimachus on Plato and Cleombrotus. Transactions of the American Philological Association 124: 135-161.

White, S.A. (1992) Sovereign Virtue: Aristotle on the Relation Between Prosperity and Happiness. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

White, S.A. (1992) Natural Virtue and Perfect Virtue in Aristotle. Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 8: 135-68.

White, S.A. (1992) Aristotle's Favorite Tragedies. In A.O. Rorty (Ed.), Essays on Aristotle's 'Poetics', pp. 221-240. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

White, S.A. (1990) Is Aristotelian Happiness a Good Life or the Best Life? Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 8: 97-137.

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