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Department of Classics and Ancient History

Staff

Prof. George Boys-Stones, MA (Cantab.), DPhil (Oxon.)

(email at g.r.boys-stones@durham.ac.uk)

Areas of Doctoral Supervision

Most areas and periods of ancient philosophy, especially the Hellenistic schools, and post-Hellenistic Platonist and Christian philosophy.

Biography

George Boys-Stones is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Durham. He has published on a wide range of topics in the field, but has a special interest in so-called 'Middle' Platonism and its polemical interactions with Stoicism and early Christian philosophy: current projects include a critical sourcebook for this material, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Prof. Boys-Stones is Managing Editor of the ancient philosophy journal Phronesis, General Editor for the Routledge monograph-series Issues in Ancient Philosophy, and a member of the Advisory Board for Brill's Ancient Philosophical Commentary on the Pauline Writings.He is currently on the Council of the Classical Association. Further information (including a complete publication list) is available on his home page and at academia.com.

Current PhD Students

Richard Beniston, Seneca's Naturales Quaestiones
Jun Yeob Lee, The 'Ιnconceivable' (ἀπερίληπτον) in Epicurean Physics

Publications

Books: authored

Books: edited

Edited works: contributions

Essays in edited volumes

  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2013). Seneca Against Plato: Letters 58 and 65. In Plato and the Stoics. Long, A. G. Cambridge University Press. 128-146.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2013). The Consolatio ad Apollonium: Therapy for the Dead. In Greek and Roman Consolations: Eight Studies of a Tradition and its Afterlife. Baltussen, H. Classical Press of Wales. 123-37.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2012). Antiochus' Metaphysics. In The Philosophy of Antiochus. Sedley, D.N. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 220-236.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2009). Ancient Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction. In History of Western Philosophy of Religion. Vol. 1: The Philosophy of Religion in Classical Antiquity. Oppy, G. & Trakakis, N. Durham: Acumen. 1-22.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2009). Polyclitus among the Philosophers: Canons of Classical Beauty. In Flesh and Blood: The Body and the Arts. Saunders, Corinne, Maude, Ulrika & Macnaughton, Jane Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 11-24.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2007). 'Middle' Platonists on Fate and Human Autonomy. In Greek and Roman philosophy, 100BC to 200AD. Sharples, R. W. & Sorabji, R. London:
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2007). Fallere Sollers. The Ethical Pedagogy of the Stoic Cornutus. In Greek and Roman philosophy, 100BC to 200AD. Sharples, R. W. & Sorabji, R. K. London:
  • Boys-Stones, G.R. (2007). Human Autonomy and Divine Revelation in Origen. In Severan Culture. Swain, Simon, Harrison, Stephen & Elsner, Jas Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 489-499.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2005). Alcinous, Didaskalikos 4: In Defence of Dogmatism. In L'eredità platonica. Studi sul platonismo da Arcesilao a Proclo. Bonazzi, M. & Celluprica, V. Naples: Bibliopolis. 203-234.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2003). The Stoics’ Two Types of Allegory. In Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical Tradition: Ancient Thought and Modern Revisions. Boys-Stones, G. R. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 189-216.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1997). Thyrsus-bearer of the Academy or enthusiast for Plato? Plutarch's de Stoicorum repugnantiis. In Plutarch and his Intellectual World. Mossman, J. Duckworth. 41-58.

Journal papers: academic

  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2012). Harpocration of Argos: Etymology and Metaphysics in the Platonist Revival. The Journal of Hellenic Studies 132: 1-6.
  • Boys-Stones, G.R. (2011). Time, Creation and the Mind of God: The Afterlife of a Platonist Theory in Origen. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 40: 319-337.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2004). Phaedo of Elis and Plato on the Soul. Phronesis 49(1): 1-23.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2000). A Fragment of Carneades the Cynic? Mnemosyne 53: 528-536.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1998). Eros in Government: Zeno and the Virtuous City. Classical Quarterly 48: 168-174.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1998). Plutarch on koinos logos: towards an architecture of de Stoicorum repugnantiis. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 16: 299-329.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1997). Locating the Cosmos: an Academic Argument Against Chrysippus. Mnemosyne 50: 577-585.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1997). Plutarch on the probable principle of cold: Epistemology and the de primo frigido. Classical Quarterly 47: 227-38.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1996). Plutarch, de Stoicorum repugnantiis 1048DE. Classical Quarterly 46: 591-595.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1996). The epeleustike dunamis in Aristo's psychology of action. Phronesis 41: 75-94.