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Susan Sauvé Meyer

Professor of Philosophy and Undergraduate Chair

Undergraduate Chair

Ph.D. Cornell University

Research Interests

Ancient Philosophy, Ethics

  • Greek and Roman Philosophy
  • History of Moral Philosophy

I work on Greek and Roman philosophy, with focus on the natural philosophy of the period (especially Aristotle's and the Stoics'), as well as on the ancient ethical tradition. My monograph Ancient Ethics (Routledge 2008) is a systematic treatment of Plato’s, Aristotle’s, Epicurean, and Stoic ethics designed to serve the interests both of students of ancient philosophy and of specialists in contemporary ethics who seek to understand the differences between Ancient and modern ethical philosophy. I recently published a translation and commentary on Plato's Laws, Books 1-2, in the Clarendon Plato Series of Oxford University Press, and I am at work on the next volume, which will cover Books 3, 4, and 5.  I also have active projects on Stoic and Aristotelian moral psychology, as well as Plato's Philebus.

My online open-access courses, Plato and his Predecessors and Aristotle and his Successors are free and open to the public. 

Selected Publications

Find me on PhilPapers:

“Aristotle, Teleology, and Reduction.” The Philosophical Review 101, (1992), 791-825

Aristotle on Moral Responsibility, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1993; reissued by Oxford University Press, 2011.

"Plato on the Law", A Companion to Plato, edited by Hugh Benson.  Blackwell, 2006, 373-87.

Ancient Ethics, Routledge, 2008

"Chain of Causes: What is Stoic Fate?" in God and Cosmos in Stoicism, edited by Ricardo Salles,  Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 71-90.

"Legislation as a Tragedy: On Plato, Laws VII, 817b-d," in Plato and the Poets, edited by F. G. Hermann and P. Destrée.  Mneumosune Supplement 328.  Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2011, pp. 387-402.

"Emotion and the Emotions" [with Adrienne Martin] in Roger Crisp, (ed.) The Oxford Handbook to the History of Ethics.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013: 638-671.

“Aristotle on What is up to Us and what is Contingent.” in P. Destrée, R. Salles, and M. Zingano (eds).  What is Up to Us? Studies on Agency and Responsibility in Ancient Philosophy. Academia Verlag (2014), 75-89.

 “Divine Creation and Human Responsibility in Plato’s Timaeus.” Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy XXIX (2014), 55-69.

Plato: Laws 1-2.  Translation and commentary.  The Clarendon Plato Series.  Oxford: The Clarendon Presss (September 2015)


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