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Edward Charles Halper

Distinguished Research Professor
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor -- Ancient Philosophy, German Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics

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Edward Halper,  Distinguished Research Professor and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, (Ph.D. University of Toronto) is interested in the classical problems of metaphysics.  Much of his work has been on ancient philosophy (he is completing a three volume study of Aristotle's Metaphysics), but he also works on nineteenth century German philosophy (especially Hegel), medieval philosophy, and metaphysics. Halper came to UGA in 1984.  He was named Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2006 and Distinguished Research Professor in 2012.


Research Interests:
  • Aristotle
  • Plato
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Hegel
  • Nineteenth Century Philosophy
  • Jewish Philosophy
Selected Publications:

One and Many in Aristotle’s Metaphysics: Books I-N (2019, forthcoming)

One and Many in Aristotle’s Metaphysics: Books A-Δ (2009)

One and Many in Aristotle’s Metaphysics: The Central Books (orig pub 1989;  reprinted 2005)

Aristotle’s Metaphysics: A Reader’s Guide (2012)

“Torah as Political Philosophy: Maimonides and Spinoza on Divine Law,” in Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring Presence, ed. J. Jacobs (2011)

“Hegel’s Criticism of Newton,” in The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, ed. F. Beiser (2008)

“Divine Justice and the Nature of Human Suffering,” in Jewish Philosophy Past and Present:  Contemporary Responses to Classical Sources, edited by Daniel Frank and Aaron Segal, pp. 176-85.  New York: Routledge, 2016. 

“Heraclitus and the Possibility of Metaphysics,” The Review of Metaphysics, 70 (2017): 453-72.

“The Value of Soul’s Descent,” in Platonic Inquiries: Selected Papers from the Thirteenth Annual Conference of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, edited by Claudia D’Amico, Natalia Strok, and John Finamore, pp. 93-110.  Westbury, England: Prometheus Trust, 2017. 

"Aristotle’s Scientific Method,” in Reading Aristotle, ed. Ronald Polansky and William Wians, pp. 50-96.  Leiden: Brill, 2017.

"The Metaphysics of the Syllogism,” Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, 33 (2018), forthcoming.

"The Currency of Virtue: Phaedo 68c-69d,” Proceedings of the Eleventh Symposium Platonicum, edited by Gabriele Cornelli, Francisco Bravo, and Thomas Robinson. Sankt Augustin, Germany: Academica Verlag, 2018, forthcoming.

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