Research

PVP coverMy first book, Plato on the Value of Philosophy: The Art of Argument in the Gorgias and Phaedrus (Cambridge University Press, 2017), offers a comprehensive reading of the relationship between the Gorgias and the Phaedrus – the only two of Plato’s dialogues that focus systematically on the relation between philosophy and rhetoric, and the only two of his dialogues that explain what an “art of argument” must look like. The book explores Plato’s views on the role of human motivation in argument and the role of argument generally in civic life. Some material from the book is available at my Academia site here and a short essay that I wrote for Aeon Magazine touching on themes in the book can be found here.

My other area of interest in Plato concerns his views in metaphysics and epistemology, and their relation to his views on philosophical method. I’m currently working on a project that explores Plato’s treatment of this topic in the TheaetetusSophist, and Statesman, three dialogues whose philosophical and dramatic connections have been a source of puzzlement for me since I first explored them in my doctoral dissertation.