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Prof Terence Irwin

Professor of Ancient Philosophy
Keble College

Keble College
Oxford, OX1 3PG

Research Interests

Ancient Philosophy, ethics (especially history), Kant

Terence Irwin

Career & Education

1969 Magdalen College, Oxford, Literae Humaniores (Class 1)
1973 Princeton University, PhD
1972-5   Harvard University, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Classics
1975-82 Cornell University, Associate Professor of Philosophy
1975- Cornell University, Associate Professor (1975), Professor (1982), Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy (1995), Professor of Classics (1995), Emeritus (2008)
2007  University of Oxford, Professor of Ancient Philosophy
2010 British Academy Fellow

CV and Publications (PDF)

Recent Publications


  1. The Development of Ethics, (a historical and critical survey covering the history of moral philosophy),
    vol. 1 (Socrates to the Reformation), OUP,  September 2007.
    vol. 2 (Suarez to Rousseau), OUP, July 2008.
    vol. 3 (Kant to Rawls), OUP, September 2009
    3 vols. Paperback, 2011

  2. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (2nd edn.). Hackett, 1999.

  3. Oxford Reader in Classical Philosophy . Oxford UP, 1999.

  4. Plato's Ethics . Oxford UP, 1995.

  5. Aristotle : Selections (with G. Fine), translation and notes, Hackett , 1995. 


  1. ‘Conceptions of happiness in the Ethics’, Oxford Handbook of Aristotle, ed. C. Shields (OUP, 2012), ch. 19, 495-528.

  2. ‘Aristotle’s Ethics’, in Philosophy Bites Back, edd. D. Edmonds and N. Warburton (OUP, 2012), ch. 3, 20-8.

  3. ‘The inside story of the Seventh Platonic Letter: a sceptical introduction’, Rhizai 6 (2009), 7-40.

  4. ‘The Platonic Corpus’ in Oxford Handbook of Plato, ed. G. Fine (OUP, 2008).

  5. ‘Virtue and law in Aquinas’ Oxford Handbook of Mediaeval Philosophy, ed. J. Marenbon (OUP, 2012), ch. 28.

  6. ‘Later Christian ethics’, Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics, ed. R. S. Crisp (OUP, 2013), ch. 10, 184-205.

  7. ‘Nature, law, and natural law’, Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics, ed. R. S. Crisp (OUP, 2013), ch. 11, 206-28.

  8. ‘Anachronism and the concept of morality’, in Antike Philosophie verstehen / Understanding Ancient Philosophy, edd. M. van Ackeren and J. Mueller (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt, 2006).

  9. ‘Green and the British Moralists’, in T.H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Political Philosophy, ed. W.J. Manders and M. Dimova-Cookson (OUP, 2006)

  10. ‘Was Socrates against Democracy?’, in Plato’s Apology, Crito, and Euthyphro, ed. R. Kamtekar (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005)

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