Professor of Philosophy and Classics
She 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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The Republic is Plato's best known major work. It has been hailed as a masterpiece and criticized as a paean to totalitarianism. A staple of courses, it is too often read selectively and without attention to its complex structure. Co-taught by Verity Harte and MM McCabe, co-organizers of the decade-long Yale-King's College London Plato Republic seminar, now in its final year, this course offers graduate students and advanced undergraduate students who already have some familiarity with the work the opportunity for a detailed philosophical engagement with and enriched understanding of the work as a whole.
The emphasis will be on reading and discussion of the Republic itself, as a whole. The class is open to students reading only in translation. A separate discussion section will be offered for graduate students reading Greek.