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); intellectual history of Greece, Rome, and the Near East.
Current PhD Student
Nicolò Benzi: Philosophy in Verse: Early Greek Poetry and the Expression of Philosophical Thought
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), 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.
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. 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 and at Claremont McKenna College. 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 is a Member of the Council of the Hellenic Society, and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Hellenic Studies.
Dr Horky is Director of the Postgraduate Taught MA Programmes in the Department of Classics and Ancient History.
- Ancient Philosophy
- Intellectual History
- Greece and the Near East
- Greek Literature
- Magna Grecia
- Horky, Phillip Sidney. (2013). Plato and Pythagoreanism. Oxford Oxford University Press.
- 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.
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.