The joint program in Ancient Philosophy is administered by the Departments of Classics and Philosophy and is overseen by a joint committee composed of members of both departments:
- Christopher Bobonich, Philosophy (Ancient Greek Philosophy, Ethics)
- Alan Code, Philosophy, Philosophy (Ancient Greek Philosophy, Metaphysics)
- Reviel Netz, Classics (History of Greek and Pre-Modern Mathematics)
- Andrea Nightingale, Classics, (Greek and Roman Philosophy and Literature)
- Josh Ober, Classics and Political Science (Greek Political Thought, Democratic Theory)
It provides students with the training, specialist skills, and knowledge needed for research and teaching in ancient philosophy while producing scholars who are fully trained as either philosophers with a strong specialization in ancient languages and philology, or classicists with a concentration in philosophy.
Students are admitted to the program by either department.
Graduate students admitted by the Philosophy department receive their Ph.D. from the Philosophy department; those admitted by the Classics department receive their Ph.D. from the Classics department. For Philosophy graduate students, this program provides training in classical languages, literature, culture, and history. For Classics graduate students, this program provides training in the history of philosophy and in contemporary philosophy.
Each student in the program is advised by a committee consisting of one professor in each department.
Requirements for Philosophy Graduate Students:
These are the same as the proficiency requirements for the Ph.D. in Philosophy. Please check exploredegrees for the most up to date version of requirements.
One year of Greek is a requirement for admission to the program. If students have had a year of Latin, they are required to take 3 courses in second- or third-year Greek or Latin, at least one of which must be in Latin. If they have not had a year of Latin, they are then required to complete a year of Latin, and take two courses in second- or third-year Greek or Latin.
Students are also required to take at least three courses in ancient philosophy at the 200 level or above, one of which must be in the Classics department and two of which must be in the Philosophy department.