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Patrick Lee Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 332, Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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

Psychoanalysis (Freud to the present)

Existentialism (especially Nietzsche)

Selfhood & Self-Knowledge

Reason & Emotion

Natural Theology


Graduate: 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: 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

"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 a Platonist in the Department of Philosophy. He specializes in three traditions: Greek and Roman Philosophy, Existentialism, and Psychoanalysis. In his teaching and writing about them, he often returns to the same themes: selfhood and self-knowledge, reason and emotion (especially love), the human and the divine. His first book, Becoming God: Pure Reason in Early Greek Philosophy, explores Heraclitus, Parmenides, Pythagoreans, and Plato, all in order to elicit and defend a notion of reason wide enough to accommodate aspects of our selves otherwise excluded by philosophical rationality. He is now working on a sequel, which treats Aristotle, Stoics, Sextus, and Plotinus. Most of his courses nowadays thus focus on these figures of later antiquity, although he continues to teach modern figures as well, Nietzsche and Freud for now. The results of this work usually appear on The Immanent Frame.