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Dr Alex Long

Senior Lecturer in Classics
Honours advisor, study abroad coordinator, William and Mary representative

agl10@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: 01334 461607

Room: S13

Research profile

Research Interests

I work on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and have written two monographs. One is about conversation and thought – especially thought as internal dialogue – in Plato. The other is about death and immortality in philosophy and literature from Homer to Marcus Aurelius. The second book was published for the Cambridge University Press series Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy which was edited at the time by Catherine Rowett and G.R.F.Ferrari. From 2019 I will co-edit the series with Professor Voula Tsouna at the University of California, Santa Barbara. We would be glad to hear from scholars interested in writing a book on Greek and Roman philosophy for the series. I have also translated two Platonic dialogues (with David Sedley) and edited a collection of papers on Plato and Stoicism. I write the Book Notes on Socrates and Plato for the journal Phronesis

I am one of several specialists in ancient philosophy working at St Andrews. See also the profiles of Sarah Broadie, Stephen Halliwell and Barbara Sattler.

Current Research

  • Editing a collection on immortality in ancient philosophy and theology, from the early Pythagoreans to Augustine
  • Ancient conceptions of belief and judgement; criteria for belief-attribution (especially in Parmenides, Plato and the Stoic writer Epictetus)
  • Law and legislation in ancient writing on politics and education
  • Humour and comedy in Plato's dialogues

I am glad to supervise PhD students in ancient philosophy and encourage prospective applicants to make contact. I recommend looking at the profiles of the other scholars in ancient philosophy working in St Andrews (see above) to see the range of expertise here. Postgraduate students currently or recently supervised by me have worked on Plato, Xenophon, political philosophy and Hellenistic philosophy.

Publications

Death and Immortality in Ancient Philosophy
Long, A. G., Jun 2019, Cambridge University Press. 232 p. (Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Plato and the Stoics
Long, A. G. (ed.), Sep 2013, Cambridge University Press. 209 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Conversation and self-sufficiency in Plato
Long, A. G., 2013, 1st ed. Oxford University Press. 184 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Plato: Meno and Phaedo
Sedley, D. (ed.) & Long, A. G. (ed.), 2010, Cambridge University Press. 119 p. (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Socratic discussions of death and immortality in Plato
Long, A. G., 2018, Authors and authorities in ancient philosophy. Bryan, J., Wardy, R. & Warren, J. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 58-77 (Cambridge Classical Studies). https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108186650.004
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Sophists, Epicureans and Stoics
Long, A. G., 2018, The Hellenistic Reception of Classical Athenian Democracy and Political Thought, ed. B. Gray and M. Canevaro. Canevaro, M. & Gray, B. (eds.). Oxford University Press https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198748472.003.0005
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Socrates and sophists
Long, A. G., Dec 2017, Cambridge history of moral philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press https://doi.org/10.1017/9781139519267.003
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Ship of State and the subordination of Socrates
Long, A. G., Jul 2017, Plato and the Power of Images. Edmonds III, R. G. & Destrée, P. (eds.). Brill, p. 158-178 https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004345010_011
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Plato, Chrysippus and Posidonius' theory of affective movements
Long, A. G., Feb 2017, From stoicism to platonism: the development of philosophy, 100 BCE - 100 CE. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316694459.002
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Subtexts, connections and open opposition
Long, A. G. & Alex Long, Sep 2013, Plato in the Stoa. Cambridge University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Political analysis and the defence of justice in Republic 8
Long, A. G., 2013, Selected Papers of the IX Symposium Platonicum. Academia Verlag
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Reading Plato
Long, A. G., 2013, Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy. Sheffield, F. & Warren, J. (eds.). Routledge
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Political Art in Plato's Republic
Long, A. G., 2013, Politeia in Greek and Roman Philosophy. Harte, V. & Lane, M. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 15-31 17 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Heraclitus
Long, A. G., 2009, Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. Gagarin, M. (ed.). Oxford University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Plato's Dialogues and a Common Rationale for Dialogue Form
Long, A. G., 2008, The End of Dialogue in Antiquity. Goldhill, S. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, p. 45-59 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Form of Plato's Republic
Long, A. G., 2007, Debating the Athenian Cultural Revolution. Osborne, R. (ed.). Cambridge University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

Seneca on human rights in De beneficiis 3
Long, A. G., 21 Aug 2019, In : Apeiron. Ahead of print https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2019-0019
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Immortality in Empedocles
Long, A., Jan 2017, In : Apeiron. 50, 1, p. 1-20 https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2015-0054
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Posidonius
Long, A. G., 2016, AncientThought.com: an interactive guide to ancient thought.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Academic eloquence and the end of Cicero's de finibus
Long, A. G., 1 Mar 2015, In : Ancient Philosophy. 35, 1, p. 183-198 https://doi.org/10.5840/ancientphil201535110
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wisdom in Heraclitus
Long, A. G. & Sedley, D. (ed.), Nov 2007, In : Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy. 33, 1, p. 1-17
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lucan and Moral Luck
Long, A. G., 2007, In : The Classical Quarterly.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Character and Consensus in Plato's Protagoras
Long, A. G., Jan 2005, In : Cambridge Classical Journal. 51, 1, p. 1-20 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Refutation and Relativism in Theaetetus 161-171
Long, A. G., Jan 2004, In : Phronesis. 49, 1, p. 24-40 17 p. https://doi.org/10.1163/156852804773617398
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

The Demiurge in Ancient Thought: Secondary Gods and Divine Mediators (author: C O'Brien)
Long, A. G., 2016, Journal of Hellenic Studies.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues (author: Vasilis Politis)
Long, A. G., Aug 2015, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Platonic Dialogue and the Education of the Reader (author: A.Cotton)
Long, A. G., 2015, The Classical Review.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Plato’s Rivalry with Medicine: A Struggle and Its Dissolution (author: Susan Levin)
Long, A. G., 2015, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Plato on the limits of human life (author: Sara Brill)
Long, A. G., 16 Nov 2013, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

God and Cosmos in Stoicism (Ed. R.Salles)
Long, A. G., May 2012, Classical Review, 62, 2.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Knowledge and Politics in Plato's Theaetetus (author: P.Stern)
Long, A. G., 2010, Journal of Hellenic Studies.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Platonic Stoicism - Stoic Platonism (authors: M.Bonazzi & C.Helmig)
Long, A. G., 2009, Classical Review, 59, 2.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

The Cambridge Companion to Plato's Republic (ed. G.Ferrari)
Long, A. G., 2008, Polis, 25, 2.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

The Socratic Paradox and its Enemies (author: R.Weiss)
Long, A. G., 2008, Journal of Hellenic Studies, 128.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Plato's Lysis (authors: T.Penner & C.Rowe)
Long, A. G., 2007, Journal of Hellenic Studies, 127.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Plato's Dialectic at Play (authors: K.Corrigan & E.Glazov-Corrigan)
Long, A. G., 2006, Classical Review, 56, 2.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

 

For further information on publications, please view my profile on the university's research portal.

Teaching

In addition to a range of subhonours courses and MLitt teaching, I teach in the following ‘honours’ courses (that is, courses for undergraduates in their third or fourth year).  

Honours courses for Classics students:

  • Greeks on Education (Aristophanes, Plato and Xenophon)
  • Lies, History and Ideology (Euripides’ Ion, Isocrates and Plato)
  • Latin didactic poetry (Lucretius)
  • Latin letters (Seneca)

Honours courses for Philosophy and Classics students:

  • Hellenistic ethics
  • Knowledge and the world in Hellenistic philosophy

Career

I studied Classics at King’s College, Cambridge. After my PhD (supervised by Malcolm Schofield and David Sedley) I worked as a Junior Research Fellow at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. I moved to St Andrews in 2007, initially as an RCUK Fellow and then as a Lecturer.  

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