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Prof Luca Castagnoli

Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Philosophy, (Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellow)
Oriel College

Oriel College
Oxford; OX1 4EW

Research Interests

Ancient Philosophy, especially logic and epistemology

Personal webpage

Luca Castagnoli

Career and Education

2000 Laurea University of Bologna (Philosophy)
2005 Ph.D. University of Cambridge (Classics)
2004-7 Henry Lumley Research Fellow, Magdalene College Cambridge
2007-2015 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer of Ancient Philosophy, Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University
2015- Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Philosophy and Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford

Recent Publications


  1. Ancient Self-Refutation: The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation Argument From Democritus to Augustine, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 414pp.

Articles and book chapters 

  1. ‘Self-bracketing Pyrrhonism’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, XVIII (2000), 263-328.
  2. ‘L’elenchos di Agatone: Una rilettura di Platone, Simposio, 199c3-201c9’, Dianoia, VI (2001), 39-84.
  3. ‘Protagoras Refuted: How Clever is Socrates’ “Most Clever” Argument at Theaetetus 171a-c?’, Topoi, XXIII 1 (2004), 3-32.
  4. ‘Memoria Aristotelica, Memoria Agostiniana’, in G. A. Lucchetta, U. La Palombara (eds.), Mente, anima e corpo nel mondo antico. Immagini e funzioni, Pescara: Opera Editrice, 2006, 141-160.
  5. ‘Liberal Arts and Recollection in Augustine’s Confessions X (ix 16 - xii 19)’, Philosophie Antique, VI (2006) [De Platon aux platoniciens], 107-135.
  6. ‘Everything is true, Everything is False: Self-Refutation Arguments from Democritus to Augustine’, Antiqvorvm Philosophia, I (2007), 11-74.
  7. Synartēsis crisippea e tesi di Aristotele’, in M. Alessandrelli, M. Nasti De Vincentis (eds.), La logica nel pensiero antico (Atti del I Colloquio, Roma 28-29 Novembre 2000), Napoli: Bibliopolis, 2009, 105-163.
  8. ‘How Dialectical Was Stoic Dialectic?’, in A. Nightingale, D. Sedley (eds.), Ancient Models of Mind: Studies in Human and Divine Rationality, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 153-179.
  9. ‘Ancient Philosophy of Language’ (co-authored with E. V. Di Lascio), in D. G. Fara, G. Russell (eds.), Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language, 2012, 811-826.
  10. ‘Aristotle on Begging the Question Between Dialectic, Logic and Epistemology’, Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy, XV (2012), 90-121.
  11. ‘Self-refutation and Dialectic in Plato and Aristotle’, in J. L. Fink (ed.), Dialectic and Dialogue: The Development of Dialectic from Plato to Aristotle, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, 27-61.
  12. ‘Democritus and Epicurus on Sensible Qualities in Plutarch, Against Colotes 3-9’, Aitia. Regards sur la culture hellénistique au XXIe siècle, III (2013) [Open access at ].
  13. ‘Early Pyrrhonism: Pyrrho to Aenesidemus’, in F. Sheffield, J. Warren (eds.), Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy, 2013, 496-510.
  14. ‘Aristotle on the Non-Cause Fallacy’, History and Philosophy of Logic, 2015.


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