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Prof Dominic Scott

Professor of Philosophy
Lady Margaret Hall

Lady Margaret Hall
Norham Gardens; Oxford; OX2 6QA

Research Interests

 Ancient Greek philosophy: epistemology; ethics, politics and aesthetics, (especially in Plato and Aristotle).

Career and Education:

Dominic Scott joined the Faculty in 2015, and is a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. He was an undergraduate in Classics at Cambridge University, where he also did his PhD. He was elected to a Research Fellowship at Clare College Cambridge in 1987, and in 1989 joined the Faculty of Philosophy in Cambridge as an Assistant Lecturer, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2000. He was a teaching Fellow of Clare College from 1990-2007, and an Emeritus Fellow thereafter. In 2007 he moved to the University of Virginia as a Professor of Philosophy. He has held visiting positions at Princeton, Harvard, Merton College Oxford and University College London, and a part-time position at the University of Kent. In 1998-9 he spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies Washington DC, and in 2001-3 he was a British Academy Research Reader. This year he is a Visiting Fellow in Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation.



Levels of Argument: a Comparative Study of Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2015).

The Humanities World Report, co-authored with Poul Holm and Arne Jarrick (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Plato’s Meno (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Recollection and Experience. (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

Selections from pp. 3-80 of this book have been reprinted in Plato I: Metaphysics and Epistemology, ed. G. Fine, Oxford University Press. 1999, (Oxford Readings in Philosophy), ch. 3.

This extract has also been translated into Hungarian, in G. Betegh and T. Böröczki (ed.), A formák és a tudás. Tanulmányok Platón metafizikájáról és ismeretelméletérõl (The Forms and the Knowledge. Studies on Plato's Metaphysics and Epistemology), Budapest, 2007.

Edited books:

The Pseudo-Platonic Seventh Letter: a Seminar by Myles Burnyeat and Michael Frede (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Maieusis: Studies in Honour of M. F. Burnyeat (Oxford University Press, 2007).


1. ‘Aristotle on the good life’, in The Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy, F. Sheffield & J. Warren eds. (Routledge 2013) pp. 347-60.

2. ‘Philosophy and madness in the Phaedrus’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 41 (Winter 2011) pp. 169-200.

3. ‘Plato, poetry and creativity’, in Plato and the Poets, P. Destrée & F.-G. Hermann eds. (Brill, Mnemosyne supplement, 2011) pp. 131-54.

4. ‘One virtue or many? Aristotle’s Politics I 13 and the Meno’, in Aristotle and the Stoics Reading Plato, V. Harte, M.M. McCabe, R. W. Sharples & A. Sheppard eds. (Bulletin of  the Institute for Classical Studies, suppl. vol. 107, 2010) pp.101-22.

5. ‘Plato’s Republic’, in The Oxford Handbook of Plato, G. Fine ed. (Oxford University Press, 2008) pp. 360-382.

6. [Co-Authored with A. Oliver & M. Ley Pineda] ‘Trademark protection: a philosophical perspective’, in L. Bently and J. Ginsburg, eds. Trade Marks and Brands. An Interdisciplinary Critique (Cambridge University Press, 2008) pp. 285-305.

7. ‘Eros, philosophy and tyranny’, in Maieusis, D. Scott ed. (Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 136-53.

8. ‘Aristotle and Thrasymachus’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 19 (Winter 2000) pp. 225-252.

9. ‘Aristotle on posthumous fortune’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 18 (Summer 2000) pp. 211-229.

10. ‘Metaphysics and the defence of justice in the Republic’, Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, 2000, pp. 1-20.

11. ‘Plato’s critique of the democratic character’, Phronesis 45 (2000) pp. 19-37.

12. ‘Socrates and Alcibiades in the Symposium’, Hermathena 168 (2000) pp. 25-37.

13. ‘Aristotle on well-being and intellectual contemplation’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary vol. (1999) pp. 225-242.#

14. ‘Platonic pessimism and moral education’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 17 (1999) pp. 15-36.

15. ‘Reason, recollection and the Cambridge Platonists’, in A. Baldwin & S. Hutton eds. Platonism and the English Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 1994) pp. 139-150.

16. ‘Socrate prend-il au sérieux le paradoxe de Ménon?’, Revue Philosophique 181 (1991) pp. 627-41.

17. ‘Recollection and Cambridge Platonism’, Hermathena 149 (1990) pp. 73-97.

18. ‘Epicurean illusions’, Classical Quarterly, New series, 39 (1989) pp. 360-74.

19. ‘Innatism and the Stoa’, Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society, 3rd. Series, 33 (1988) pp. 123-53.

20. ‘Platonic anamnesis revisited’, Classical Quarterly, New series, 37 (1987) pp. 346-66.

Recent book reviewing:

‘Book notes: Plato’, Phronesis 60 (2015) pp. 339-50 (includes discussions of 25 books).

‘Book notes: Plato’, Phronesis 59 (2014) pp. 170-180 (includes discussions of 14 books).

‘Book notes: Plato’, Phronesis 58 (2013) pp. 176-194 (includes discussions of 8 books).









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