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Patrick Lee Miller

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 332, Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2–3 p.m.
Phone: 412.396.1291


Ph.D. Philosophy. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 2005.
D.A.D., Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas, 2006
M.A., Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
M.A., Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996
B.A., Philosophy, McGill University, 1993

Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy

Platonism (Ancient and Modern)

Freud & Psychoanalysis



Graduate: Gender, Nature, Being; Plotinus; Nietzsche; Epicureans, Stoics, Skeptics; Freud and Psychoanalysis; Heraclitus, Marcus, Nietzsche; Plato's Republic; Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics; Early Greek Philosophy; Augustine and the Ancients.

Undergraduate: America & Antiquity; Plato; Nietzsche; Aristotle; Existentialism; Nietzsche and Freud; Ancient Philosophy; The Athenian Culture War; Plato's Symposium (Greek); Basic Philosophical Questions; Introduction to Philosophy; Introductory Latin; Intermediate Latin.

Selected Publications

"Leaving Plato's Cave," forthcoming in Teaching Plato (American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy, v.2), 2017.

"Truth in the Age of Trump," on 3 Quarks Daily, November 7th, 2016.

"Performing Plato's Forms," in Resemblance and Reality in Greek Thought: Essays in Honor of Peter Smith, Routledge (2016), 211-36.

"Avatars of Oneself," in S.Ph: Essays and Explorations. Vol. 1. Issue 1 (Spring-Summer 2016).

"Finding Oneself with Friends," in The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, ed. Ronald Polansky. Cambridge / New York: Cambridge University Press (2014), 319-49.

"Monstrous Maturity on Mulholland Drive," in Mulholland Drive (Philosophers on Film), ed. Zina Giannopoulou. Routledge (2013), 97-120.

"Love's ladder's God," on The Immanent Frame, April 5th, 2012

Becoming God: Pure Reason in Early Greek Philosophy. (London: Continuum, 2011).

"Greek Philosophical Dualism," in Armin Lange et al., eds., Light against Darkness: Dualism in Ancient Mediterranean Religion and the Contemporary World. (Göttingen / Oakville, CT: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011), 107-44.

"Crosswise Christ," on The Immanent Frame, November-December 2010.

"Psychoanalysis as Spirituality," symplokē Vol. 18 Nos. 1-2 (2010), 191-206.

"Immanent Spirituality," Philosophy Today 54 (SPEP Supplement, 2010), 74-83.

"Socrates' Irrational Rationality," about Socrates and The Irrational, James S. Hans, Charlottesville, VA: The University of Virginia Press, 2006. symplokē (2008) v.16, n.1-2, 299-303.

"Oedipus Rex Revisited," in Modern Psychoanalysis v.31, n.2 (Summer 2007), 229-50.

Introductory Readings in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, co-edited with C.D.C. Reeve. (Indianapolis: Hackett, 2006).


Patrick Lee Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He teaches a wide variety of courses, most often focusing on particular historical periods or figures (typically from early to late antiquity, but also from Nietzsche to the present). Recently, his courses have begun addressing specific topics, but he retains a historical emphasis by considering how these topics have been treated by authors of the past as well as the present. This shift in his teaching matches the direction of his research and writing, which attempts to develop a Platonism for the problems and concerns of our own times.