Ronald PolanskyProfessor and Chair
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
College Hall 303, Office Hours: By Appointment Only.
Education:Ph.D., Philosophy, Boston College, 1974
M.A., Philosophy, Boston College, 1971
B.A., Economics, Yale University, 1970
My special area of research is ancient philosophy, with some dabbling in early modern philosophy.
Presocratics, Plato: Early Dialogues, Middle Dialogues, Later Dialogues
Aristotle: Metaphysics, De Anima, Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric, Physics, Poetics
Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau
Cambridge Companion to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Cambridge University Press, July 2014
Aristotle's De Anima: A Critical Commentary, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Bioethics: Ancient Themes in Contemporary Issues, co-edited with Mark Kuczewski. M.I.T. Press, 2000 (paperback 2002).
Philosophy and Knowledge: A Commentary on Plato's Theaetetus, Bucknell University Press, 1992.
ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
"Counting Hypotheses in Plato's Parmenides" co-authored with Joseph Cimakasky, Apeiron 2013, 46: 229-243.
"Descartes' 'Provisional Morality'" co-authored with Joseph Cimakasky, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly September 2012, 93: 353-372.
"God, the Divine, and Nous in Relation to the De anima" co-authored with Patrick MacFarlane, in Ancient Perspectives on Aristotle's De Anima. Gerd van Riel and Pierre Destrée eds. Leuven University Press. November 2009, 107-123.
"The Field for Virtue and Getting a Feel for It" co-authored with Stephanie Adair and Geoffrey Bagwell, Skepsis XX volume honoring Prof. Georgios Anagnostopoulos, Fall 2009, 15-26.
"Function, Ability, and Desire in Plato's Republic" co-authored with Antonis Coumoundouros in volume honoring G.X. Santas, Philosophical Inquiry Spring 2008, 1-14.
"Plot, Disease, and Bioethics" co-authored with Gabe Solomon M.D., Philosophical Inquiry Supplementary Volume Fall 2007, 29:154-169.
"Mistakes, Chance and Bioethics" co-authored with Gabe Solomon M.D., Philosophical Inquiry Supplementary Volume Fall 2007, 29: 170-182.
"The Bad Is Last but Does Not Last: Aristotle's Metaphysics Y 9" co-authored with Emily Katz, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy November 2006, 31: 233-242.
"The Enduring Charm of Plato's Unwritten Doctrines" co-authored with Patrick Macfarlane, Philosophy, Competition and the Good Life. Vol 2. K. Boudouris and Kostas Kalimtzis editors. Ionia Publications: Athens, 2005, 262-271.
"The Logic of Socratic Inquiry: Illustrated by Plato's Charmides" co-authored with Mark Brouwer, Socrates: 2400 years since his death, International Symposium Proceedings, Vassilis Karasmais ed. European Cultural Center of Delphi, 2004, 233-245.
"Disability in Earlier Greek Philosophers" co-authored with Patrick Macfarlane, Skepsis 15: 2004, 25-41.
"Moral Virtue and Megalopsychia" co-authored with James Stover, Ancient Philosophy 23: 2003, 351-359.
"Variety of Socratic Elenchi" co-authored with Micheele Carpenter in Gary A. Scott ed., Does Socrates Have a Method?: Rethinking the Elenchus in Plato's Dialogues and Beyond, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002, 89-100.
"Politeia is Aristotle's 'Best Constitution'" Iphitos 1: 2000, 59-70.