Eric Sanday

  • Associate Professor
  • Interim Chair 2017-18
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
  • Philosophy
1423 Patterson Office Tower
Other Affiliations:
  • Lewis Honors College
Research Interests:

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2003 (Philosophy)
M.A. Fordham University, 1996 (Philosophy)
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1991 (Physics)


Eric Sanday specializes in Ancient Greek Philosophy with a special focus on the relationship between ethics and ontology. His book, A Study of Dialectic in Plato's Parmenides, is available from Northwestern University Press. His recent and forthcoming articles focus on the nature of pleasure in Plato's Philebus, paradigm in Plato’s Statesman, and the existential weight of the philosophical path in Plato's Symposium. He is the co-editor of a volume on Plato's Laws (Indiana University Press) and a collection of essays on ancient philosophy. His next book project will focus on the account of truth and life in Plato's Timaeus.

Note to potential graduate students:  

"In the spring of 2019 I will be teaching a seminar on Plato's Timaeus, the aim of which is to establish the difference between what can comfortably be explained using the account of participation one finds in the hypotheses of the Parmenides, the Statesman, and the Philebus. I am currently conducting ongoing correspondences and conversations with others about Plato's account perception and the common sensibles (ta koina) in the Theaetetus, the account of virtue in the Republic, the methodology behind the hypotheses in the Parmenides, the nature of bifurcatory and non-bifurcatory division in the Sophist and Statesman, and other related fascinating topics that others have been sufficiently patient and wonder-bound to discuss with me. I hope to give students an opportunity to strengthen their skills of reading and writing philosophically (i.e. with honesty, creativity, and precision) through careful analysis of some of the most difficult texts in Plato, and I hope to provide a basis for understanding the history of philosophy for oneself.  I am particularly interested in working out in detail the Platonic conception of dialectic and the transformative process by which, in Plato's view, the philosopher develops into maturity."




Selected Publications: 


In Print and Forthcoming:


  • Companion to Ancient Greek Philosophy, ed. Sean Kirkland and Eric Sanday, Northwestern University Press (2018).
  • “Being in Late Plato,” in Companion to Ancient Greek Philosophy, ed. Kirkland and Sanday, Northwestern University Press (2018).
  • "Self-Knowledge in Plato’s Symposium,” in Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy, ed. Andy German and James M. Ambury.German, Cambridge University Press (2018).
  • “Philosophical Method in Plato’s Statesman,” in Plato’s Statesman: Dialectic, Myth, and Politics, ed. Sallis, SUNY Press (2017).
  • “Truth and Pleasure in the Philebus,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 36.2 (2015).
  • A Study of Dialectic In Plato’s Parmenides, Northwestern University Press (2015).
  • Phantasia in De Anima,Continuum Companion to Aristotle, Claudia Baracchi ed. (2013).
  • Plato’s Laws: Force and Truth In Politics, Indiana University Press, Gregory Recco and Eric Sanday  eds. (2013).
  • “Property, Impiety, and the Problem of Ending: Plato’s Laws Books XI & XII,” in Plato’s Laws: Force and Truth In Politics, Recco & Sanday eds. (2013).
  • “Challenging the Established Order: Socrates’ perversion of Callicles’ position in Plato’s Gorgias,” Epoché, vol. 14.2, 2012: 197-216.
  • “Eleatic Metaphysics in Plato’s Parmenides: Zeno’s Puzzle of Plurality,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 23.3, 2009:  208-226.
  • “Philosophy as the Practice of Musical Inheritance:  Republic Book II,” Epoché, vol. 11.2, 2007:  305-317.


Articles and Volumes in Process:

  • "Dionysus and Diotima" (working title of an essay on the relationship between the household, reversal, and justice in Eurpides and Plato),
  • Essays on Heraclitus (edited volume in process).
  • “Reading Philosophy:  Heraclitus Fragment B1,” in Essays on Heraclitus.


Review Articles and Book Reviews:

  • Review of Fine (G.) The Possibility of Inquiry. Meno’s Paradox from Socrates to Sextus. Pp. xiv + 399. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, for Classical Review (in process).
  • Review of Gordon, Plato’s Erotic World, Polis, Vol. 30, no. 2, 2013.
  • “Reply to Haydn Ausland,” in Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 2011-12, 2013.
  • Book Review: Rhapsody of Philosophy by Max Statkiewicz (Penn State University Press), Review of Metaphysics, vol. 64.1, 2010.
  • Review Article, Aristotle’s Ethics as First Philosophy by Claudia Baracchi, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, vol. 29.2, 2008:  185-195.
  • Book Review, Aristotle’s Ethics as First Philosophy by Claudia Baracchi, Ancient Philosophy vol. 29.2, 2009:  447-450.




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