Dr Phillip Horky, AM (Chicago), PhD (Southern California)
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Areas of Doctoral Supervision
Most areas and periods of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy (especially Presocratics, Platonism, and Pythagoreanism); Greek literature; intellectual history of Greece, Rome, and the Near East.
Current PhD Students
Giulia de Cesaris: The Philosophical Path of Pythagoreanism in the Imperial Age (Primary Supervisor)
Andrea Giannotti: Athenian Tragedy and Politics: Historical and Political Allusions and Civic Ideology on Stage (Primary Supervisor)
Richard Beniston: Seneca and Post-Hellenistic Stoicism (Secondary Supervisor)
Jun Yeob Lee: The aperilēpton in Epicureanism (Secondary Supervisor)
Phillip Sidney Horky is Associate Professor of Ancient Philosophy (from October 2017). His research concerns ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, with focus on metaphysics, the philosophy of science, and political theory. Before arriving in Durham in 2011, he held a Residential Fellowship at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies (2010-11) and a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at Stanford University (2007-10). He has also been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the National Humanities Center (2016-17). Dr Horky was educated at the University of Southern California (PhD), the University of Chicago (AM), and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (BA).
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. He has also recently completed several new articles which deal with the Early Academy and Hellenistic & Posthellenistic philosophy: one examines the pursuit and purpose of philosophy according to Speusippus and Xenocrates, the first scholarchs of Plato's Academy after his death; another concerns the philosophical biography of Empedocles; another is a study of theoretical philosophy among the Pythagorean Pseudepigraphers; and another examines the importance of Plutarch for modern theories of animal rationality.
Dr Horky is currently working on three major research projects. The first project involves two related books: the first book, Pythagorean Philosophy, 250 BCE to 200 CE: An Introduction and Collection of Sources in Translation, is a source book and translation of the philosophical texts and testmonies that constituted Pythagorean philosophy after its dissolution in the mid-4th Century BCE; the second book, provisionally titled Pythagoreanism after Pythagoreanism, is a monograph that argues for Dr Horky's formulation of Pythagorean philosophy during this period. The second major project is a monograph on the development of categorical speculation regarding existence and our modes of describing it prior to Aristotle, provisionally entitled Prelude to the Categories. Finally, Dr Horky is preparing for publication an edited volume entitled Cosmos in the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2018). This volume investigates notions of cosmic order, balance, and symmetry in ancient physics, politics, ethics, poetics, and aesthetics. Publications, drafts, and a current CV can be found on his Academia.edu web page.
Dr Horky 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). He is also a trustee of the Gilbert Murray Trust. From 2012-15, Dr Horky was a Member of the Council of the Hellenic Society (UK).
- 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.
- 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.
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 (2018). 'Introduction'. In Cosmos in the Ancient World. Horky, P. S. 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. Leiden: Brill.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2018). 'When did Kosmos become the Kosmos?'. In Cosmos in the Ancient World. Horky, P. S. 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 University Press.
- 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.