Welcome

Students at work in the Classical Studies Library.

The Program in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Michigan combines the strength of two of Michigan’s leading departments, Philosophy and Classical Studies, both of which have been consistently ranked in the top ten programs in their respective fields for decades.

Students in the program will pursue a PhD in either Philosophy or Classical Studies and an MA in the companion field. All of this can be achieved within the standard six years for each program. Learn more ›

Victor Caston to stay at Michigan, declines Rutgers' offer

18 February 2018

With Caston staying, the Program will retain its current strength of 6 core faculty members and is hoping to make a senior hire in Philosophy next year, expanding to 7 faculty members.

David Morphew wins a ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for 2018, for his dissertation:
Passionate Platonism: Plutarch on the Positive Role of Non-Rational Affects in the Good Life

22 February 2019

This award, which includes an honorarium of $1,000, is given in recognition of the most exceptional scholarly work produced by doctoral students at the University of Michigan who completed their dissertations in 2018. David will be honored at an award ceremony and reception at 2:00–4:00pm on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in the Assembly Hall on the fourth floor of the Rackham Building. The University community is invited.

Upcoming Events

  • Monthly Reading Group Meeting
    Aristotle’s De motu animalium

    (continuing with ch. 8) Thursday, 14 March, 7:00–9:00 pm (sharp) Classical Studies Conference Room
    (2038 Tisch)

  • Thursday & Friday, 28–29 March 2019
    Mariska Leunissen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Thursday, 28 March, 4:00–6:00 pm Colloquium: The Function(s) of the City-Animal Analogy in Aristotle’s Politics
    Tanner library (1171 Angell Hall)

    Friday, 29 March, 4:00–6:00 pm Credence, Circumstantial Evidence, and (Alternative) Facts in Aristotle's Natural Sciences
    Tanner library (1171 Angell Hall)