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Research Project

Ancient Greek Philosophy of Race and Ethnicity

Project Team:

2023 – 2025
Detail of an early eighteenth-century map of the Mediterranean illustrating the voyage of St. Paul to Rome, with biblical illustrations. Lindenberg, De Reysen Christi des Heyland en Pauli met andere syne Bloedgetuygen, Amsterdam, 1703.

Detail of an early eighteenth-century map of the Mediterranean, with biblical illustrations. Lindenberg, De Reysen Christi des Heyland en Pauli met andere syne Bloedgetuygen, Amsterdam, 1703.

Key Question

Project Summary

The team on this project will edit a volume of essays on Plato and Aristotle’s understanding of racial and ethnic differences. The goal is to make the topic available to teachers, students, and researchers, as well as to set up debate for years to come.

Research Team

John Proios

John Proios

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

University of Chicago

John Proios joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2021 as an Assistant Professor. He works primarily in ancient Greek philosophy, especially Plato's late metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and logic. He is also interested in the moral, social, and political dimensions of...

Patricia Marechal

Patricia Marechal

Assistant Professor in Philosophy

University of California, San Diego

Patricia Marechal works in classical Greek philosophy, focusing on ancient theories of the soul, with a special emphasis on ethics, moral psychology, and epistemology in the works of Plato and Aristotle. She is interested in the connection between affective states and intellectual capabilities,...

Project Narrative

Reading List

Kennedy, Rebecca F.; Roy, C. Sydnor; Goldman, Max L.

Race and Ethnicity In the Classical World: An Anthology of Primary Sources in Translation Hackett Publishing, 2013 Read

McCoskey, Denise Eileen

A Cultural History of Race: In Antiquity Bloomsbury Press, 2021 Read

McCoskey, Denise Eileen

Race: Antiquity and its Legacy Bloomberg Publishing, 2012 Read

Kamtekar, Rachana

Distinction without a Difference? Plato on Race and Genos Philosophers on Race: Critical Essays Read

Ward, Julie K.

Ethnos in the Politics: Aristotle and Race Philosophers on Race: Critical Essays Read

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