Phillip Mitsis
Aristotle S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization; Professor of Classics and Hellenic Studies; Affiliated Professor of Philosophy; Academic Director, American Institute of Verdi Studies, NYUNY; Senior Affiliated Professor of Literature, Philosophy, and Legal Studies, NYUAD; Global Network Professor

Office Address: New York University, Department of Classics, 100 Washington Square East, Room 503, New York, NY 10003
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Phillip Mitsis is Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization. He came to NYU from Cornell, where he was Mellon Chair in the Humanities. He has been a visiting professor at Aberdeen, Pittsburgh, and Princeton, and a recipient of fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Howard Foundation, the ACLS, and the NEH. At present, he is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. His interests are in Greek epic and tragedy as well as in ancient philosophy and its reception in Byzantium and the early modern period.    


WPLP.jpg  Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry (2016)

LEDE.jpg  L'éthique d'Epicure (2015)

AAAT.jpg  Allusion, Authority, and Truth:  Critical Perspectives on Greek Poetic and Rhetorical Praxis   (2010)

tc.png  Thomas Chimes: The Entropy Paintings  (2007)

ECP.jpg  Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy  (1997)

  MN.pngMega Nepios: Il destinatario nell'epos didascalico  (1993)

EET.jpg  Epicurus' Ethical Theory: The Pleasures of Invulnerability (1988)

Recent Articles

“When Death is There, We are Not: Epicurus on Death and Pleasure”, eds. Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman, and Jens Johansson, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death (Oxford, 2013) pp. 200-217.

“Stoic Ethics”,  ed. Hugh LaFollette, International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, published online, 2013).

 “Epicurus: Freedom, Death, and Hedonism,” ed. Roger Crisp, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics (Oxford, 2013) pp. 73-92.

“Philosophy and Its Classical Past”, ed. M. Santirocco, What’s New about the Old? Reassessing the Ancient World (Daedalus 145.2, Spring 2016) pp. 5-13.

“How Modern is the Will? eds. Jacques Lezra and Liza Blake, Lucretius and Modernity. Epicurean Encounters Across Time and Disciplines (MacMillan Palgrave, 2016) pp. 105-123.

 “Locke on Pleasure, Law, and Moral Motivation”, ed. Iakovos Vasiliou, Motive (Oxford, 2016) pp. 153-178.

 “A Stoic Critique of Cosmopolitanism”, eds. B. Robbins and P. Horta , Cosmopolitan Ideas (NYU Press, forthcoming)

"Epicurus and his Influence" and “Epicurus on  Virtue, Friendship, and the Law”, ed. P. Mitsis, The Oxford Handbook of Epicureanism (OUP, forthcoming)

 “Life and Soul in Antiquity” with David Konstan, eds. H. Caygill and D. Webb, The Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy, (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)

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