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Patricia Curd

Patricia Curd

Professor // Philosophy
Emeriti Faculty

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PhD, University of Pittsburgh



Ancient Philosophy, Ethics

Selected Publications


Anaxagoras of Clazomenae: Fragments.  Text and Translation with Notes and Essays  (The Phoenix Presocratics Series). University of Toronto Press, 2007.The Legacy of Parmenides: Eleatic Monism and Later Presocratic Thought.  Princeton University Press, 1998.

Edited Books

The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy.  Co-edited with Daniel Graham. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Presocratic Natural Philosophy” forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek and Roman Science, edited by Liba Taub.“Empedocles on Sensation, Perception, and Thought,” forthcoming in Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy, special issue on ancient epistemology, edited by Katerina Ierodiakonou and Pieter Sjoerd Hasper “Presocratic Accounts of Perception and Cognition,” forthcoming in Philosophy of Mind in Antiquity, edited J. Sisko. “Powers, Structure, and Thought in Empedocles” Forthcoming in proceedings of 2013 conference: Power Structuralism in Empedocles conference, Oxford.“Thinking, Supposing, and Physis in Parmenides” Forthcoming in Proceedings of Séminaire de la Société d'études Platoniciennes, Platon et Parménide, organized by  Université de Franche-Comté, EA 2274, Laboratoire de Recherches philosophiques sur les Logiques de l'Agir; Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense, EA373; Institut de Recherches Philosophiques (IREPH-DIPSA); CNRS - UPR76, Centre Jean Pépin; et la participation de l'Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne.“The Divine and the Thinkable: Toward and Account of the Intelligible Cosmos,” Rhizomata 1 (issue 2) 2013, pp. 217-247  (G. Betegh and I. Bodnar, eds., Proceedings of the Fourth Symposium Praesocraticum).“Anaxagoras,” In Oxford Online Bibliographies in Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press (with Harrison Hibbert). “Where are Love and Strife? Incorporeality in Empedocles,” in J. McCoy, ed., Early Greek Philosophy: The Presocratics and the Emergence of Reason (Washington DC: The Catholic University Press of America, 2013) pp. 113-138.“Divinity and Intelligibility in Parmenides,” L. Riggiu and C. Natali, eds., Ontologia Scienza Mito: Per una Nuova Lettura di Parmenide (Milan: Mimesis Edizione, 2011) pp. 117-133. “New Work on the Presocratics,” The Journal of the History of Philosophy (49) January 2011, pp. 1-37. (Invited article in the journal’s Current Scholarship series). “Thought and Body in Parmenides.”  N. L. Cordero, ed. Parménides, venerable y terrible (Proceedings of the International Symposium Parmenides, Centro  de  Estudios  de  Filosofía  Antigua, Universidad  Nacional  de  San  Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 29th October-1st November 2007), ed. N. L. Cordero.  Parmenides Publishing, 2009.“Anaxagoras and the Theory of Everything,” pp. 230-249 in P. Curd and D. Graham, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press: 2008). “Thought and Body in Heraclitus and Anaxagoras,” Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 25 (Leiden: Brill, 2009), ed. G. Guertler and W. Wians, pp.1-20, 39-41.“Gorgias and the Eleatics.” In La costruzione del discorso filosofico nell'età dei Presocratici, ed. Maria Michela Sassi, 183-200.  Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 2006.“Unity and Plurality in Presocratic Thought: Parmenides and After,” In A Companion to Ancient Philosophy, ed. M. L. Gill and P. Pellegrin, 34-55.  Blackwell, 2006.“On the Question of Religion and Natural Philosophy in Empedocles.” In The Empedoclean Kosmos: Structure, Process and the Question of Cyclicity  (Proceedings of Symposium Philosophiae Antiquae Tertium Myconense), ed. Apostolos Pierris, 137-162.  Patras: Institute for Philosophical Research, 2005.“The Presocratics as Philosophers.” In Qu’est-ce que la Philosophie présocratique?, eds. A. Laks and C. Louguet, 115-138.  Lille: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2002.


Selected Honors

National Humanities Center, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellow, 2009-10

Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Center for Humanistic Studies: Fellow, Fall 2010

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2001-2002).

National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Foundation Walter Hines Page Fellow (2001-2002)National Endowment for the Humanities: Fellowship for University Teachers (2001-2002).Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, Visiting Fellow (2002).National Endowment for the Humanities: Fellowship for University Teachers (1994-1995).The Center for Hellenic Studies (Trustees for Harvard University), Washington, DC;  Junior Fellow (1990-1991).

Work in Progress

Book: Divinity, Intelligibility, and Human Understanding in Presocratic Philosophy"Parmenides on Divinity and Intelligibility," for Proceedings of Convegno internazionale Parmenide: ontologia scienza mito I risultati della ricerca internazionale a confronto