Dr Phillip Horky, AM (Chicago), PhD (Southern California)
(email at email@example.com)
Areas of Doctoral Supervision
Most areas and periods of ancient philosophy (especially Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoreanism); Greek literature; intellectual history of Greece, Rome, and the Near East.
Current PhD Students
Nicolò Benzi: Philosophy in Verse: Early Greek Poetry and the Expression of Philosophical Thought (Primary Supervisor)
Giulia de Cesaris: The Philosophical Path of Pythagoreanism in the Imperial Age (Primary Supervisor)
Matteo Milesi: The Reception of Homer, Hesiod and Pythagoras among the Neoplatonist Philosophers (Co-supervisor with Prof. Barbara Graziosi)
Richard Beniston: Seneca and Post-Hellenistic Stoicism (Secondary Supervisor)
Jun Yeob Lee: The aperilēpton in Epicureanism (Secondary Supervisor)
Phillip Sidney Horky is Lecturer of Classics and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East (CAMNE). His research focuses on ancient philosophy, especially in its literary, historical, and intellectual contexts. He has recently published a monograph, Plato and Pythagoreanism (Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback forthcoming), on the importance of mathematical Pythagoreanism for the development of Plato's philosophy, as well as articles on cosmology in the Early Academy, dialectic and ontology in Theophrastus' Metaphysics, and Hellenistic ethics in ancient Italy. He has also recently completed several new articles: two are devoted to Aristotle's responses to the Presocratics (Empedocles and Philolaus, respectively); one is a study of theoretical philosophy among the Hellenistic Pythagoreans; and another proposes to determine the notion of 'Italic' philosophy in the late Hellenistic world.
Dr Horky is working on three major research projects. The first project, tentatively entitled Pythagorean Philosophy, 250 BCE to 200 CE, investigates the philosophy of those Hellenistic and Post-Hellenistic philosophers who associated themselves with Pythagoreanism after its dissolution in the mid-4th Century BCE. The second project is the development of an international research network, with special focus on the idea of the Ancient Republic, co-organized with Prof. Monte Johnson of the University of California-San Diego and Dr Grant Nelsestuen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This project is currently funded by a Global Engagement Facilitation Grant from the International Office at Durham University and an A.W. Mellon Foundation Workshop Grant from the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Finally, Dr Horky is preparing an edited volume on Cosmos in the Ancient World, with papers taken from Classics and Ancient History's 2012-13 Research Seminar. Publications, drafts, and a current CV can be found on his Academia.edu web page.
Before coming to Durham, Dr Horky taught at Stanford University (2007-10). For the academic year 2010-11, he was a Residential Fellow at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies.
Dr Horky also runs workofmemory, a blog with occasional thoughts on ancient philosophy, classics, and intellectual history. From 2012-15, Dr Horky was a Member of the Council of the Hellenic Society, and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Hellenic Studies. 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.
- 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.
Essays in edited volumes
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (Forthcoming). 'Empedocles Democraticus: Hellenistic Biography at the Intersection of Philosophy and Politics'. In Philosophos Bios. Eds. Schorn, S. & Bonazzi, M. Turnhout: Brepols.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (Forthcoming). 'Italic Philosophy in the Hellenistic Age'. In The Oxford Handbook of Roman Philosophy. Shearin, W.S. & Flecher, R. Oxford University Press.
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (Forthcoming). 'Pseudo-Archytas' Protreptics? On Wisdom in its Contexts'. In Second Sailing: Alternative Prospectives on Plato. Nails, D. & Tarrant, H. Societas Scientiarum Fennica.
Journal papers: academic
- 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.
Journal papers: popular
- Horky, Phillip Sidney (2015). 'Flying Scholars and the Rise of Flatulence: the Scientific Fantasy of Aristophanes' Clouds'. Omnibus (69): 23-25.