Professor and Acting Associate Chair, Undergraduate St. George
Rachel Barney is Professor of both Classics and Philosophy. She was an undergraduate at University of Toronto, and returned after earning a PhD at Princeton and teaching at the University of Ottawa, Harvard, and the University of Chicago. Her research has ranged from the early sophists to the late Neoplatonic commentator Simplicius, but focuses on Plato. Her particular interest is in areas in which questions of ethics, psychology, epistemology, and philosophical method meet, as in Plato’s theory of the good.
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- Plato and the Divided Self, eds. Rachel Barney, Tad Brennan, and Charles Brittain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
- “History and Dialectic (Metaphysics A 3, 983a24-4b8)”, in Carlos Steel ed., Aristotle’s Metaphysics Alpha (Symposium Aristotelicum XVIII) (Oxford University Press, 2012)
- “Notes on the Kalon and the Good in Plato,” Classical Philology (Special Issue: Beauty, Harmony and the Good, October 2010)
- ”Plato on Desire for the Good”, S. Tenenbaum, ed., Desire, Good, and Practical Reason. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)
- “Ring-Composition in Plato: the Case of Republic X,” in M. McPherran, ed., Plato’s Republic: A Critical Guide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
- “Gorgias’ Defence: Plato and his Opponents on Rhetoric and the Good,” Southern Journal of Philosophy 48.1 (2010): 95-121
- “Simplicius: Commentary, Harmony, and Authority,” Antiquorum Philosophia 3 (2009): 101-20
- “Aristotle’s Argument for a Human Function,” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 34 (2008): 293-322
- “Eros and Necessity in the Ascent from the Cave,” Ancient Philosophy 28:2 (2008): 357-72
- “The Carpenter and the Good”, in D. Cairns, F. G. Herrmann, and T. Penner (eds.) Pursuing the Good: Ethics and Metaphysics in Plato’s Republic (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2008).
- Names and Nature in Plato’s Cratylus (New York: Routledge, 2001).
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