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Dr Alex Long

Senior Lecturer in Classics
Director of Postgraduate Studies

agl10@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: 01334 461607

Room: S13

Research profile

Research Interests

I work on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. Currently I am writing a book on death and immortality in Greek thought from Empedocles to later Platonism. Much of my published work has been about Plato: I have translated two Platonic dialogues (with David Sedley) and written a book on dialogue and Plato’s conception of philosophy. I also work on the fifth-century ‘sophists’ and Hellenistic philosophers (especially Stoics and Epicureans). 

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

  • Death and immortality in ancient philosophy
  • Cicero’s philosophical dialogues
  • Stoic and Epicurean political thought
  • Immortality and Plato’s theories of love
  • Plato and fourth-century Socratic literature
  • Posidonius’ psychology

I am glad to supervise students who work on any of the philosophers/areas mentioned above. Postgraduate students currently or recently supervised by me have worked on Plato, Aristotle and Hellenistic philosophy.

Publications

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

 

The Ship of State and the subordination of Socrates
Long, A. G. 2017 Plato and the Power of Images, ed. P. Destrée and Radcliffe G. Edmonds III. Brill
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Plato, Chrysippus and Posidonius' theory of affective movements
Long, A. G. 2017 From Stoicism to Platonism, ed. Troels Engberg-Pederson. Cambridge University Press
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

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

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

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

 

Immortality in Empedocles
Long, A. Jan 2017 In : Apeiron. 50, 1, p. 1-20
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
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.
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

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

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 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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