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Mrs Lesley Brown

Fellow in Philosophy Emeritus, Somerville College
Formerly University Lecturer in Philosophy

Somerville College
Oxford OX2 6HD

Research Interests

Ancient Philosophy, especially Plato, with special reference to Plato's Sophist.

Lesley Brown

Career & Education

1967 B.A. in Literae Humaniores (Class 1) University of Oxford
1969 BPhil in philosophy, University of Oxford
1970 Appointed Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Somerville College, Oxford
1971 Appointed CUF lecturer in Philosophy, University of Oxford
1993-5 Chair of Philosophy Sub-faculty
2002-4 Director of Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Philosophy

Somerville College: Senior Tutor 1985-8, Dean 1993-6; Vice-Principal 1996-9

Recent publications

  1. (2014) 'Why is Aristotle’s Virtue of Character a Mean? Taking Aristotle at his Word?' In The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, ed R.Polansky (C.U.P)

  2. (2011) ‘Negation and Not-being: Dark Matter in the Sophist’, in Presocratics and Plato: A Festschrift for Charles Kahn, edd A.Hermann et alParmenides Publishing

  3. (2010) ‘Definition and Division in the Sophist’, in Definition in Greek Philosophy edited by David Charles, Oxford 2010, pp151-171

  4. (2008)  ‘The Sophist on statements, predication, and falsehood’, in The Oxford Handbook of Plato edited by Gail Fine, Oxford 2008, pp 437-462

  5. (2007) ‘Glaucon’s challenge, rational egoism and ordinary morality’, in Pursuing the Good:Ethics and Metaphysics in Plato’s Republic, edd D.Cairns, F-G Herrmann and T.Penner (Edinburgh Leventis Sudies 4), pp42-60

  6. (2006) Review of David Sedley, ‘The Midwife of Platonism’, Mind 2006 115: 1178-1181

  7. (2006) ‘Did Socrates agree to obey the laws of Athens?’ (on Plato's Crito) in Remembering Socrates edd R.L.Judson and V.Karasmanis O.U.P 2006, pp 72-87 . Formerly published in Philosophy and Power in the Greco-Roman World edd E.G.Clark and T.Rajak, OUP 2002.

  8. (1999) ‘Being in the Sophist’:, in Plato I Metaphysics and Epistemology ed G.Fine (Oxford Readings in Philosophy (1999) (revised and expanded version of a 1986 paper)

  9. (1998) ‘How totalitarian is Plato's Republic?’ in Essays on Plato's Republic, ed Erik Nis Ostenfeld, Aarhus University Press 1998, pp13 - 27

  10. (1998). ‘Innovation and Continuity: The Battle of Gods and Giants in Plato's Sophist 245-249’ in Method in Ancient Philosophy ed J. Gentzler, Oxford, Clarendon Press 1998, pp181 - 207

  11. (1997)  ‘What is the ‘mean relative to us’ in Aristotle's Ethics?’ in Phronesis XLII -1 (1997), 77-93

  12. (1994)  ‘The verb ‘to be’ in Greek philosophy’ in Language (Companions to ancient thought 3) ed. Stephen Everson (Cambridge 1994) 212-236

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