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Mathematics in Plato’s Republic
Sarah Broadie

The Aquinas Lecture for 2020
Volume # 83

ISBN 9780874621952

64 pages
4.5 X 7.0


A discussion of Plato’s evaluation of mathematics as an intellectual discipline, and his reasons for training his philosopher-rulers to be mathematical experts.



Author Bio

Sarah Jean Broadie (née Waterlow) OBE FBA FRSE is currently Professor of Philosophy and Wardlaw Professor at the University of St Andrews. Broadie’s work in ancient philosophy shows how ancient philosophers, particularly Aristotle and Plato, shed light on perennial problems in metaphysics and ethics.

Professor Broadie taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Texas at Austin, Yale, Rutgers, and Princeton, before coming to St Andrews. She is an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford and was Keeling Scholar in Residence at University College London, Gower Street, London from 2018-2019.

Her books include Nature, Change, and Agency in Aristotle's Physics: a philosophical study (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1984), Passage and Possibility: a study of Aristotle's modal concepts (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1984), Ethics with Aristotle (Oxford University Press, New York, 1991), Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: Philosophical Introduction and Commentary, with a new translation by Christopher Rowe (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002), a collection of her essays Aristotle and Beyond (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), Nature and Divinity in Plato’s Timaeus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), and a translation of Philoponus: On Aristotle Physics 4.10-14 (Bristol: Bristol Classical Press, 2011).


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