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Dr. Vasilis Politis

Associate Professor (Philosophy)
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Dr Vasilis Politis has been teaching in the Department of Philosophy since 1992 (permanent since 1997). He is also director of the Dublin Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition. He obtained his B.A., B.Phil and D.Phil from Oxford.
  Ancient Philosophy, esp. Plato and Aristotle.   Ancient Scepticism.   Essence, explanation, and universals.
 Plato's Master Argument for Forms
 Aporia, the Search for Knowledge, and the Demand for Definitions in the Early Platonic Dialogues
 The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy

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Head of Department, Philosophy.
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.
Secretary to the Fellows.
Member of the Fellows Standing Committee.
Chair of the Committee for Philosophy, Royal Irish Academy.
Director of the Dublin Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition
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Member of the International Plato Society.
Member of the European Society for Ancient Philosophy.
Member of the Irish Philosophical Club.
Vasilis POLITIS, The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 1 - 100pp, Notes: ['This book proposes and defends a radically new account of Plato's method of argument and enquiry in his early dialogues. Vasilis Politis challenges the traditional account according to which these dialogues are basically about the demand for definitions, and questions the equally traditional view that what lies behind Plato's method of argument is a peculiar theory of knowledge. He argues that these dialogues are enquiries set in motion by dilemmas and aporiai, incorporating both a sceptical and an anti-sceptical dimension, and he contends that Plato introduces the demand for definitions, and the search for essences, precisely in order to avoid a sceptical conclusion and hold out the prospect that knowledge can be achieved. His argument will be of great interest to all readers interested in Plato's dialogues and in methods of philosophical argument more generally.' CAMBRIDGE UNIVESRITY PRESS, BOOK BLURB], Book, PUBLISHED
Dr. Vasilis POLITIS, Aristotle and the Metaphysics, London and New York, Routledge, 2004, 1 - 344pp, Notes: ['Politis has done a magnificent job. Politis' clarity, his apt examples and explanations will enable readers to tackle this difficult text more easily. I particularly recommend two stunning chapters (chs. 5 and 6). This provocative book will be valuable for students and scholars alike.' Mary Louise Gill, Brown University (from review in Mind July 2005) 'This is an excellent book, written with great lucidity and engaging the reader directly with the problems of Aristotle's Metaphysics. The book reads with ease, even at the most difficult stages. I found it positively enjoyable to read.' Mary Margaret McCabe, King's College London ], Book, PUBLISHED
Vasilis POLITIS and George KARAMANOLIS, The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 1 - 319pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Politis, V., The Place of aporia in Plato's Charmides, Phronesis, 53, (1), 2008, p1-34 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Politis, V., What do the arguments in the protagoras amount to?, Phronesis, 57, (3), 2012, p209-239 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
POLITIS, Vasilis, Plato's Geach Talks to Socrates: Definition by Example-and-Exemplar in the Hippias Major, Phronesis, 63, (3), 2018, p223 - 228, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Aporia and Scepticism in Plato's Early Dialogues in, editor(s)Vasilis POLITIS and George KARAMANOLIS , The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp48 - 66, [Vasilis POLITIS], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Politis, V., What is behind the ti esti question?, The Development of Dialectic from Plato to Aristotle, 2010, p199-223 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Politis, V., Explanation and Essence in Plato's Phaedo, Definition in Greek Philosophy, 2010, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Vasilis Politis, How Good is that thing called Love? The Volatility of Eros in Plato's Symposium, Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, 31, 2016, p1 - 34, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
  

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Award from the College Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. 2006
Election to Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. 2005
Award from the College Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. 2004
Award from the College Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. 2003
Government of Ireland Fellowship 2007-08
Award from the College Association and Trust. 2003
Grant from the College Programme for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies. 2002
Award from the College Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. 2007
Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin 2009-10
Award from the College Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. 2014
Ancient Philosophy, especially Plato and Aristotle (all areas, esp. metaphysics, epistemology and ethics). Ancient Scepticism. Aporia and its place in inquiry, in Plato, Aristotle and ancient scepticism. Contemporary modern metaphysics: essence.