Professor of Philosophy
Albert and Vera List Academic Center
For me, philosophy stems from the experience of talking to others in an attempt to understand the other person, myself as the other, as well as the world. Even though such conversation can never be completed, it is still meaningful at any point, and can be always carried on. It is in such conversation that humans are recognized as people; to be is to be is to be in dialogue with the other, from which we draw our meaning and well-being.
PhD 1990, Institute for Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences
"Philosophy and Political Power in Antiquity (Studies in Moral Philosophy Series)," co-editor with Cinzia Arruzza. Brill, 2016.
Memory: A History, ed. Oxford University Press, 2015.
The Other Plato. SUNY Press, 2012.
Dialectic and Dialogue. Stanford, 2010
On Dialogue. Lexington, 2006
Matter, Imagination and Geometry: Ontology, Natural Philosophy and Mathematics in Plotinus, Proclus and Descartes. Ashgate, 2002.
Philosophy and history of science of late antiquity and early modernity (17th century), philosophy of dialogue, philosophy of history and memory.
- Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation research grants at the Universities of Tübingen, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Marburg.
- Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Forschungskolleg), Bad Homburg.
Late Ancient Philosophy
Philosophy of Descartes
Ind Senior Project
Collaborative Senior Project