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Department of Philosophy


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

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Areas of Doctoral Supervision

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


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 the philosophical movements of the post-Hellenistic period. He is author of a new source book for (and introduction to) 'Middle Platonism'. (A free download of the original Greek and Latin texts, formatted to match the published volume, is available from the CUP website for the book - look under Resources - and his Academia page.)

Prof. Boys-Stones is Managing Editor of the Ancient Philosophy journal Phronesis, General Editor for the Routledge monograph-series Issues in Ancient Philosophy, Joint Editor of the Brill series Ancient Philosophy & Religion, a member of the Advisory Board for Brill's Ancient Philosophical Commentary on the Pauline Writings, and founding Co-Director of the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. Further information is available at

Current PhD Students

Cesare Sinatti, συμπάθεια in ancient philosophy.


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Journal Article

  • 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.