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Anthony Preus

Anthony Preus

Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy

MA Oxford University, 1966

Phd Philosophy Johns Hopkins, 1968

Office: LT 1209


Ancient Greek Philosophy

Recent Courses

Plato and Aristotle
Plato's Later Dialogues
Aristotle's Ethics and Politics
Medical Ethics (Spring 2013)

Recent and Representative Publications


Single authored:


Bibliography of Ancient Greek Philosophy. Oxford University Press. 91 pp. Part of the series Bibliography of Ancient Greece and Rome.


Historical Dictionary of Ancient Greek Philosophy, Second Edition, Scarecrow Press, July 2007. Renamed The A to Z of Greek Philosophy in 2010.


Aristotle and Michael of Ephesus On the Movement and Progression of Animals, Studien und Materialen zur Geschichte der Philosophie #22, George Olms Verlag 1981; 209 pp.|Download book (.pdf, 12.5mb)


Science and Philosophy in Aristotle's Biological Works, Studien und Materialen zur Geschichte der Philosophie, Sonderreihe #1, Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim Germany, 1975; 404 pp.|Download book (.pdf, 27.5mb)
Edited Volumes:


Ed., Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Volume VI: Before Plato, State University of New York Press, 2001, 250 pp.
1992 Ed., with John Anton, Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Volume V: Aristotle’s Ontology, State University of New York Press, 1992; ix + 352 pp.
1991 Ed., with John Anton, Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Vol. IV: Aristotle’s Ethics, State University of New York Press, 1991; vi + 284 pp.
1989 Ed., with John Anton, Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Vol. III: Plato, State University of New York Press, 1989; vi+358 pp.
1983 Ed., with John P. Anton, Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Vol. II, State University of New York Press, 1983; xxv + 541 pp. Translation (French to English)|Download article (.pdf, 1.4mb) 
1986 Pierre Pellegrin, Aristotle’s Classification of Animals: Biology and the Conceptual Unity of the Aristotelian Corpus, University of California Press, 1986. xiv +235.

Recent Articles:



“The Techne of Nutrition in Ancient Greek Philosophy.” Archai 29: 1-34.


“Philosophy and Rhetoric in Western Greece: Focus on Empedocles and   Gorgias.” In H. Reid, D. Tanasi & S. Kimbell, eds. Politics and Performance in Western Greece. Parnassos Press. 197-208.


“The Philosophical Climate in Magna Graecia from the mid-6th to the mid-4th BCE.” in H. L. Reid & D. Tanasi, eds. Philosopher Kings and Tragic Heroes.  Parnassos Press. 1-24


"Aristotle on Oligarchy: Theory and Observation." Philosophical Inquiry 35.3:26-


Introduction to the Transaction Edition of Alban Dewes Winspear, The Genesis of Plato's Thought: "The Genesis of Winspear's Thought." Transaction Publishers.|Download article (.pdf, 109.1kb)


"Aristotle" Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome "Citizenship and Participation in Government in Ancient Greek Political Thought." Skepsis XVI.1 (2005): 150-163.


"Did the Ancient Greeks have a Concept of Human Rights?" International Journal of Decision Ethics, I.2 (2005): 43-64.|Download article (.pdf, 1.6mb)


"Major Trends in Greek Philosophy in the United States, 1953-2003." In Greek Philosophy in the New Millenium, Essays in Honour of Thomas M. Robinson. Ed. L. Rossetti. Academia Verlag, Sankt Augustin, 2004. Pp. 75-88.


"Man and Cosmos in Aristotle: Metaphysics Lambda and the Biological Works." In Biologie Logique et Metaphysique. Ed. Daniel Devereux and Pierre Pellegrin. CNRS 1991. Pp. 467‑487|Download article (.pdf, 2mb)


"Drugs and Psychic States in Theophrastus' Historia Plantarum 9.8 20." In Theophrastean Studies: Rutgers Studies in Classical Humanities, III. Ed. W. W. Fortenbaugh and R. W. Sharples. Transaction Books, 1988. Pp. 76 99|Download article (.pdf, 916.6kb)


"Aristotle and Respect for Persons." University of Dayton Review 19.3 (1988/89): 71-80. Reprinted in Anton & Preus, vol. iv, 1991, pp. 215-226|Download article (.pdf, 663.4kb)

Curriculum vitae

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Last Updated: 8/13/20