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Peter Phillips Simpson
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Victoria University of Manchester
Research Interests

General areas of research interest are ancient and medieval philosophy, and moral and political philosophy. Main current project in ancient philosophy is Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics, particularly emendations to the text, and therewith an examination of the differences in the mss. tradition of the three books common to the Eudemian and Nicomachean Ethics. Main current project in medieval philosophy is translations of Duns Scotus. Main current project in moral and political philosophy is a defense of illiberalism. Recent work on the authenticity of the Gospels is related, if somewhat tangentially, to this defense of illiberalism.

Courses Recently Taught

  • [Classics Dept.] Lucretius' De Rerum Natura (Fall 2017) 
  • The Discovery of Metaphysics (Spring 2010)

Representative Publications

  • The Authenticity of the Gospels. HarperCollins, 2019
  • Political Illiberalism. A Defense of Freedom. Routledge, 2018

  • 'Aristotle's EE: the Text and Character of the Common Books as found in EE mss.' (forthcoming in The Classical Quarterly, July 2019)
  • 'von Arnim, Arius Didymus, and Augustus' In Arius Didymus on Peripatetic Ethics etc., edited by William W. Fortenbaugh (Routledge, New York and London, 2018): 293-308
  • 'Political Illiberalism: A Response to my Critics' The American Journal of Jurisprudence, 62.1 (2017).
  • 'Theocracy's Challenge' in Challenging Theocracy. In Ancient Lessons for Global Politics, eds. Tabachnik, Koivukoski, et al., (University of Toronto Press, 2017): 195-216.