Alexander Nehamas

Alexander Nehamas

region = Western Philosophy
era = 21st century philosophy
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name = Alexander Nehamas
birth = 1946
(Athens, Greece)
school_tradition = Ancient Greek Philosophy, comparative literature, aesthetics|

Alexander Nehamas (born 1946) is Professor of philosophy and Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. He works on Greek philosophy, aesthetics, Nietzsche, Foucault, and literary theory. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1967, and completed his doctorate on Predication in Plato's "Phaedo" under the direction of Gregory Vlastos at Princeton in 1971. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania before joining the Princeton faculty in 1990. He is currently the Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities.

His early work was on Platonic metaphysics and aesthetics as well as the philosophy of Socrates, but he gained a wider audience with his 1985 book "Nietzsche: Life as Literature." More recently, he has become well known for his view that philosophy should provide a form of life, as well as for his endorsement of the artistic value of television. In 2008, he will deliver the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh.


*"Nietzsche: Life as Literature, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Literature" (1985)
*"Symposium" (translation, with Paul Woodruff) (1989)
*"The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault" (1998)
*"Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates" (1999)
*" Only A Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art " (2007)

External links

* [ Nehamas' page at the Princeton department of philosophy]
* [ "An Essay on Beauty and Judgment"]
* [ What is Art?] Radio interview on Philosophy Talk
* [ What is Beauty?] Radio interview on Philosophy Talk
* [ Audio and video of Alexander Nehamas's 2005 lecture, "Only in the Contemplation of Beauty Is Human Life Worth Living"]
* [ Review of Nehamas' book "Only A Promise of Happiness " in the "New York Sun"]
* [ “‘Because It Was He, Because It Was I’ The Good Friendship” - 4 March, 2008 lecture in audio & video format]

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