Verity Harte

Professor of Philosophy and Classics

Verity Harte is a specialist in ancient philosophy, with particular research interests in ancient metaphysics, epistemology and psychology, especially of Plato and Aristotle.

Harte coverShe studied Classics and Philosophy at Cambridge, where she gained her BA (Classics) and M.Phil and PhD (Philosophy) degrees. She held research fellowships at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, and was Lecturer, then Reader, in Philosophy at King’s College London, prior to joining the Faculty at Yale in 2006. At Yale, she holds a joint position in Philosophy and Classics (office in Philosophy: Connecticut Hall). In April 2013, she gave the Whitehead Lectures at Harvard on Pleasure, Knowledge and the Good in Plato’s Philebus.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Plato on Parts and Wholes: the Metaphysics of Structure, Oxford: Clarendon 2002. Paperback edition, Oxford: Clarendon 2005.
  • Politeia in Greek and Roman Philosophy, co-edited by Verity Harte and Melissa Lane, Cambridge: CUP 2013.
  • Aristotle and the Stoics Reading Plato, BICS Supplementary Volume, London: Institute of Classical Studies, co-edited by V. Harte, M.M. McCabe, R.W. Sharples, A. Sheppard. BICS Supplement 107. London: Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London 2010.
  • “Plato’s Politics of Ignorance”, in Harte and Lane eds. Politeia in Greek and Roman Philosophy, Cambridge: CUP 2013, 139–154.
  • Republic X and the role of the audience in art”, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 38, 2010, 69–96
  • “What’s a Particular and what makes it so? Some thoughts, mainly about Aristotle”, Particulars in Greek Philosophy: The Seventh S.V. Keeling Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy ed. Robert W. Sharples, Leiden: Brill 2010, 97–125.
  • “The Receptacle and the Primary Bodies: Something from Nothing?”, One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato’s Timaeus Today, ed. Richard D. Mohr & Barbara Sattler, Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing, 2010, 131–40.
  • “Platonic Metaphysics”, The Oxford Handbook to Plato, ed. Gail Fine,
    Oxford: OUP 2008, pp. 191–216.
  • “Language in the Cave”, Maieusis: Essays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat, ed. Dominic Scott, Oxford 2007, pp. 195–215.
  • “Beware of Imitations: Image Recognition in Plato”, New Essays on Plato,
    ed. Fritz-Gregor Hermann, Swansea: the Classical Press of Wales 2006, pp. 21–42.
  • “The Philebus on Pleasure: the good, the bad and the false”, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society II, 2003–4, pp. 111–28.
  • “Conflicting Values in Plato’s Crito”, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 81, 1999,
    pp. 117–47. Reprinted in R. Kamtekar ed. Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology and Crito:
    Critical Essays
    , Rowman and Littlefield 2004, pp. 229–59.23

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Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Fall 2014, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:35–12:25

In this course on Greek and Roman philosophy, you will discover who was the ‘first Greek philosopher’ and which are the earliest surviving Greek philosophical words. You will find out why, according to Socrates, greed isn't good. You will learn about how philosophical notions such as the will and skepticism came to be invented.

You will read Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, amongst other works, and you will explore the Platonic, Aristotelian, Epicurean and Stoic visions of the best human life. The class has no prerequisites and all readings are in translation. It is particularly recommended for Freshmen and Sophomores, but open to all. Intending philosophy majors are advised to take the class as early in their course of study as possible.

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Field Ancient Philosophy

Areas of Research Ancient metaphysics, epistemology and psychology, especially of Plato and Aristotle

Courses Fall: CLCV 125/ Phil 125 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy T/Th 11:35 – 12:25 and CLSS 603/GREK 403/PHIL 400/PHIL 600 Aristotle's Physics Book II W 3:30-5:20.

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Phone (203) 432-1697