Undergraduate Coordinator -- History of Philosophy, Ethics, Political Philosophy

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Thanassis Samaras is mainly interested in the history of philosophy, ethics and political philosophy. He has published books and articles on the Presocratics, the sophists, Plato and Aristotle.




2002 Plato on Democracy. Peter Lang, New York

2003 Plato, Apology and Crito. Introduction, Translation and Commentary (in  Modern Greek). Zitros, Thessaloniki

2014 Western Philosophy: The Journey (Textbook) Kendall/Hunt, Dubuque, IA. Revised Printing.

2015 Aristotle’s Politics: A Critical Guide. Co-edited with Thornton Lockwood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 


Chapters in Collections

2010 ‘Family and the Question of Women in the Laws’. In A Critical Guide to Plato’s Laws, edited by Christopher Bobonich. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 172–96

2015 ‘Aristotle and the Question of Citizenship’. In Thornton Lockwood and Thanassis Samaras (eds.), Aristotle’s Politics: A Critical Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 123–41


1993  ‘Unhappy Consciousness and Tragic Consciousness in Hegel’. Philologos 72 (in Modern Greek): 112–29

1996  ‘When Did Plato Abandon the Hope that Ideal Rulers Might Appear Among Human Beings?’ History of Political Thought 17: 109–13 

2006  ‘Protagoras and Slavery’. History of Political Thought 27: 1–9 

2007  ‘Who Believes in Socrates’ Innocence? The Religious Charges Against Socrates and the Intended Audience of Plato’s Apology’. Polis 24: 328–38

2007  ‘Aristotle’s Politics: The City of Book Seven and the Question of Ideology’. Classical Quarterly 57: 77–89

2012 ‘Leisured Aristocrats or Warrior Farmers? Leisure in the Laws’. Classical Philology 107: 1–20

2015 ‘Metaphysics, Politics and Poetic Laguage in Anaximander’. In Georgios Xenis (ed.), Literature, Scholarship, Philosophy and History: Classical Studies in Memory of Ioannis Taifacos. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 327–39 

Research Interests:
  • History of Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
Courses Regularly Taught:
Curriculum Vitae:
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