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    The Pythagorean Precepts (How to Live a Pythagorean Life) by Aristoxenus of Tarentum
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 59 (1): 145-146. 2021.
    Like his fellow first-generation Peripatetic Theophrastus, Aristoxenus wrote an extraordinary number of works. Many concerned music; one on Socrates contained evidence independent of Plato and Xenophon. At least five concerned Pythagoreanism: The Life of Pythagoras, On Pythagoras and His Associates, On the Pythagorean Way of Life, Life of Archytas, and the Pythagorean Precepts. This last one, as Carl Huffman...
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    'Philosophy' in Plato's Phaedrus
    Plato Journal 15 59-79. 2016.
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    An original and provocative book that illuminates the origins of philosophy in ancient Greece by revealing the surprising early meanings of the word "philosopher" Calling Philosophers Names provides a groundbreaking account of the origins of the term philosophos or "philosopher" in ancient Greece. Tracing the evolution of the word's meaning over its first two centuries, Christopher Moore shows how it first referred to aspiring political sages and advice-givers, then to avid conversationalists ab…Read more
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    Brill's Companion to the Reception of Socrates, edited by Christopher Moore, provides three-dozen studies of nearly 2500 continuous years of philosophical and literary engagement with Socrates as innovative intellectual, moral exemplar, and singular Athenian.
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    Narrative Constitution of Friendship
    with Samuel Frederick
    Dialogue 56 (1): 111-130. 2017.
    We argue that friendship is constituted in the practice of narration, not merely identifi ed through psychological or sociological criteria. We show that whether two people have, as Aristotle argues, ‘lived together’ in ‘mutually acknowledged goodwill’ can be determined only through a narrative reconstruction of a shared past. We demonstrate this with a close reading of Thomas Bernhard’s Wittgenstein’s Nephew: A Friendship (1982). We argue that this book provides not only an illustration b…Read more
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    Review Article: Socrates Among the Mythographers
    Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 30 (1): 106-118. 2013.
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    Aristotle on Philosophia
    Metaphilosophy 50 (3): 339-360. 2019.
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    'Philosophy' in Plato's Phaedrus
    Plato Journal 15 59-79. 2015.
    The Phaedrus depicts the Platonic Socrates’ most explicit exhortation to ‘philosophy’. The dialogue thereby reveals something of his idea of its nature. Unfortunately, what it reveals has been obscured by two habits in the scholarship: to ignore the remarks Socrates makes about ‘philosophy’ that do not arise in the ‘Palinode’; and to treat many of those remarks as parodies of Isocrates’ competing definition of the term. I remove these obscurities by addressing all fourteen remarks about ‘philoso…Read more
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    Heraclitus and ‘Knowing Yourself’
    Ancient Philosophy 38 (1): 1-21. 2018.
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    Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue (edited book)
    with Alessandro Stavru
    Brill. 2017.
    _Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue_ provides the most complete study of the immediate literary reaction to Socrates, by his contemporaries and the first-generation Socratics, and of the writings from Aristotle to Proclus addressing Socrates and the literary work he inspired.
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    Socratic Persuasion in the Crito
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (6). 2011.
    Socrates does not use the Laws' Speech in the Crito principally to persuade Crito to accept his coming execution. It is used instead to persuade Crito to examine and work on his inadequate view of justice. Crito's view of justice fails to coordinate one's duties to friends and those to the law. The Laws' Speech accomplishes this persuasive goal by accompanying Crito?s earlier speech. Both start from the same view of justice, one that Crito accepts, but reach opposing conclusions. Crito cannot ju…Read more
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    Clitophon and Socrates in the Platonic Clitophon
    Ancient Philosophy 32 (2): 257-278. 2012.
  • The myth of Theuth in the Phaedrus
    In Catherine Collobert, Pierre Destrée & Francisco J. Gonzalez (eds.), Plato and Myth: Studies on the Use and Status of Platonic Myths, Brill. 2012.
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    Arguing for the Immortality of the Soul in the Palinode of the Phaedrus
    Philosophy and Rhetoric 47 (2): 179-208. 2014.
    Socrates’ second speech in the Phaedrus includes the argument (245c6–246a2) that starts “all/every soul is immortal” (“ψυχὴ πᾶσα ἀθάνατος”).1 This argument has attracted attention for its austerity and placement in Socrates’ grand speech about chariots and love. Yet it has never been identified as a deliberately fallacious argument.2 This article argues that it is. Socrates intends to confront his interlocutor Phaedrus with a dubious sequence of reasoning. He does so to show his speech-loving fr…Read more
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    Pindar's charioteer in Plato's phaedrus
    Classical Quarterly 64 (2): 525-532. 2014.
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    Promētheia Until Plato
    American Journal of Philology 136 (3): 381-420. 2015.
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    Socrates and Self-Knowledge
    Cambridge University Press. 2015.
    In this book, the first systematic study of Socrates' reflections on self-knowledge, Christopher Moore examines the ancient precept 'Know yourself' and, drawing on Plato, Aristophanes, Xenophon, and others, reconstructs and reassesses the arguments about self-examination, personal ideals, and moral maturity at the heart of the Socratic project. What has been thought to be a purely epistemological or metaphysical inquiry turns out to be deeply ethical, intellectual, and social. Knowing yourself i…Read more
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    Socrates and self-knowledge in Aristophanes' clouds
    Classical Quarterly 65 (2): 534-551. 2015.
    This article argues that Aristophanes'Cloudstreats Socrates as distinctly interested in promoting self-knowledge of the sort related to self-improvement. Section I shows that Aristophanes links the precept γνῶθι σαυτόν with Socrates. Section II outlines the meaning of that precept for Socrates. Section III describes Socrates' conversational method in theCloudsas aimed at therapeutic self-revelation. Section IV identifies the patron Cloud deities of Socrates' school as also concerned to bring peo…Read more
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    Spartan Philosophy and Sage Wisdom in Plato's Protagoras
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (2): 281-305. 2016.
    This paper argues that Socrates’s baffling digression on Spartan philosophy, just before he interprets Simonides’s ode, gives a key to the whole of Plato’s Protagoras. It undermines simple distinctions between competition and cooperation in philosophy, and thus in the discussions throughout the dialogue. It also prepares for Socrates’s interpretation of Simonides’s ode as a questionable critique of Pittacus’s sage wisdom “Hard it is to be good.” This critique stands as a figure for the dialogue’…Read more