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Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell


Ancient philosophy

I am a fellow at the Human Abilities Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Before that, I was a Postgraduate Research Associate in the Philosophy Department at Princeton University, where I also obtained my PhD, in 2019, in the Interdepartmental Program for Classical Philosophy.

My primary area of research is Ancient Greek Philosophy, and my research focuses on Plato and Aristotle's demarcation of philosophy from rival intellectual pursuits, such as sophistry and rhetoric. The project I am currently pursuing at the Human Abilities Center is on Plato's and Aristotle's treatment of the idea that rational abilities like expertise (techne) and understanding (epistēmē) are two-way powers which are set over "opposites." This project aims to rehabilitate this idea as a central feature of Plato's views on rational abilities and to better understand the role it plays in both philosophers' delineation of genuine philosophical understanding.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation