Dr Phillip Horky, AM (Chicago), PhD (Southern California)
(email at email@example.com)
Phillip Sidney Horky is Associate Professor of Ancient Philosophy. His research concerns ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. Dr Horky was educated at the University of Southern California (PhD), the University of Chicago (AM), and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (BA).
Prior to his arrival in Durham, Dr Horky held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies (2010-11), and Stanford University (2007-10). He has also held the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at the National Humanities Center (2016) and been a distinguished visitor at the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, University of Toronto (2016).
Dr Horky is committed to supporting Classics and Ancient Philosophy research at national and international levels. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Hellenic Studies (UK), Methexis: International Journal for Ancient Philosophy (Netherlands/Italy), and Archai: Revista de Estudos sobre as Origens do Pensamento Ocidental (Brazil). He is also co-editor of the Greece & Rome New Surveys in the Classics Series, published by Cambridge University Press, and a member of the journals editorial board for the Classical Association (UK).
A trustee of the Gilbert Murray Trust, Dr Horky was a Member of the Council of the Hellenic Society (UK) from 2012-15. From January 2019, he is on the Advisory Council for the Institute of Classical Studies in London.
Dr Horky has written a monograph, Plato and Pythagoreanism (Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback edition, with corrections, 2016), on the importance of mathematical Pythagoreanism for the development of Plato's philosophy. Dr Horky has also prepared an edited volume entitled Cosmos in the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which investigates notions of cosmic order, balance, and symmetry in ancient physics, politics, ethics, poetics, and aesthetics.
In addition to various articles and book chapters, Dr Horky is currently at work on three major research projects:
1) Pythagorean Philosophy, 250 BCE to 200 CE: An Introduction and Collection of Sources in Translation (Cambridge University Press) is a source book and translation of the philosophical texts and testimonies that constituted Pythagorean philosophy after its dissolution in the mid-4th Century BCE.
2) Prelude to the Categories is a monograph on the development of categorical speculation regarding existence and ways of describing it in Greece prior to Aristotle (from the Presocratics to the Early Academy).
3) Aristotle on the Human Good: Selections from Nicomachean Ethics and Eudemian Ethics (with Monte Ransome Johnson, UCSD) is a book-length student edition and commentary of some of the most famous and important texts of Aristotle.
Publications, drafts, and a current CV can be found on his Academia.edu web page.
Dr Horky is happy to supervise most areas and periods of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy (especially Presocratics, Platonism, and Pythagoreanism); Greek literature; and the intellectual history of Greece, Rome, and the Near East.
Current and former students supervised include:
Giulia De Cesaris: Mathematical-Metaphysical Theories in the Early Academy (First Supervisor)
Andrea Giannotti: Athenian Tragedy and Politics: Historical and Political Allusions and Civic Ideology on Stage (First Supervisor)
Carlo Cacciatori: Ethical Intellectualism in Plato's Academy (First Supervisor)
Nicolò Benzi: Philosophy in Verse: Competition and Early Greek Philosophical Thought (First Supervisor)
Richard Beniston: Seneca’s Anti-Platonism: a Dialectical Reading of the Natural Questions (Second Supervisor)
Cesare Sinatti: The Weavings of Sympathy: Sympathy and its Role in Ancient Philosophy (Second Supervisor)
Schools Talks and Outreach
Dr Horky believes strongly in the expansion and sustaining of Classics subjects at school and sixth-form levels. In July 2018, he organized a meeting to support Classics education for the Advocating Classics Education project. He would be very happy to give school talks on topics related to Classical Civilisation, including Democracy and the Athenians and Socrates and Athens.
- Ancient Philosophy
- Greek Literature
- Intellectual History
- Greece and the Near East
- Ancient Italy and Sicily
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2013). Plato and Pythagoreanism. Oxford Oxford University Press.
Chapter in book
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (Accepted). 'Italic Philosophy in the Hellenistic Age'. In The Oxford Handbook of Roman Philosophy. Shearin, W.S. & Flecher, R. Oxford University Press.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2019). 'Anonymus Iamblichi, On Excellence (Περὶ ἀρετῆς): A Lost Defense of Democracy.'. In Early Greek Ethics. Wolfsdorf, D. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney & Johnson, Monte Ransome (2019). 'On Law and Justice Attributed to Archytas of Tarentum'. In Early Greek Ethics. Wolfsdorf, D. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2018). 'Introduction'. In Cosmos in the Ancient World. Horky, P. S. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2018). 'Speusippus and Xenocrates on the Pursuit and Ends of Philosophy'. In Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity. Tarrant, H., Renaud, F., Baltzly, D. & Layne, D. A. Leiden: Brill. 29-45.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2018). 'When did Kosmos become the Kosmos?'. In Cosmos in the Ancient World. Horky, P. S. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2018). ‘Cosmic Spiritualism among the Pythagoreans, Stoics, Jews, and Early Christians.’. In Cosmos in the Ancient World. Horky, P. S. Cambridge University Press.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2016). 'Empedocles Democraticus: Hellenistic Biography at the Intersection of Philosophy and Politics'. In Bios Philosophos. Philosophy in Ancient Greek Biography. Bonazzi, M. & Schorn, S. Leuven: Brepols. 37-71.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2015). 'Pseudo-Archytas´ Protreptics? On Wisdom in its Context'. In Second Sailing: Alternative Perspectives on Plato. Nails, D. & Tarrant, H. Helsinki: Societas Scientiarum Fennica. 21-39.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2018). Cosmos in the Ancient World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- De Cesaris, Giulia & Horky, Phillip Sidney (2018). 'Hellenistic Pythagorean Epistemology'. Lexicon Philosophicum 6.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2017). 'The Spectrum of Animal Rationality in Plutarch'. Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 50(1): 103-133.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2015). 'Flying Scholars and the Rise of Flatulence: the Scientific Fantasy of Aristophanes' Clouds'. Omnibus (69): 23-25.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2013). 'Theophrastus on Platonic and "Pythagorean" Imitation.'. Classical Quarterly 63(2): 686-712.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2011). 'Herennius Pontius: the Construction of a Samnite Philosopher.'. Classical Antiquity 30(1): 119-147.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2011). 'On the Phylogenetics of Wisdom: A Response to Alexis Pinchard, Les langues de sagesse dans la Grèce et l'Inde anciennes.'. Antiquorum Philosophia 5: 149-163.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2009). 'Persian Cosmos and Greek Philosophy: Plato's Associates and the Zoroastrian Magoi.'. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 37: 47-103.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2006). 'The Imprint of the Soul: Psychosomatic Affection in Plato, Gorgias, and the "Orphic" Gold Tablets.'. Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada 6(3): 371-386.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2015). 'Review of Gerson, L. From Plato to Platonism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014)'. Journal of the History of Philosophy 53(3): 542-543.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2013). 'Review of Graham, Daniel W. The Texts of Early Greek Philosophy: The Complete Fragments and Selected Testimonies of the Major Presocratics. Two Volumes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).'. American Journal of Philology 134: 149-155.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2013). 'Review of Schofield, Malcolm (ed.). Aristotle, Plato and Pythagoreanism in the First Century BC: New Directions for Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2013).'. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2013.11.17
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2012). 'Review of Brisson, Luc and Segonds, Alain Philippe. Jamblique, Vie de Pythagore. 2e tirage revu et corrigé. First Edition Published 1996 (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2011).'. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.09.23
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2011). 'Review of Frede, D. and Reis, B. (eds.). Body and Soul in Ancient Philosophy (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009).'. Journal of Hellenic Studies 131: 263-264.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2010). 'Review of Nichols, Mary P. Socrates on Friendship and Community: Reflections on Plato's Symposium, Phaedrus, and Lysis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).'. Classical Bulletin 86(1): 156-158.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2008). 'Review of Herrmann, Fritz-Gregor. Words & Ideas: The Roots of Plato's Philosophy (Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales).'. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.08.14.