• Dmitri Nikulin

    Professor and Chair of Philosophy


    For me, philosophy stems from the experience of talking to others in an attempt to understand the other person, myself as the other, as well as the world. Even though such conversation can never be completed, it is still meaningful at any point, and can be always carried on. It is in such conversation that humans are recognized as people; to be is to be is to be in dialogue with the other, from which we draw our meaning and well-being.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 1990, Institute for Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences, Moscow

    Recent Publications:

    Neoplatonism in Late Antiquity. Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2019).   Productive Imagination: Its History, Meaning and Significance, (co-editor, with Saulius Geniusas). Rowman & Littlefied International, 2018.

    The Concept of History, Bloomsbury, 2017.

    "Philosophy and Political Power in Antiquity (Studies in Moral Philosophy Series)," co-editor with Cinzia Arruzza. Brill, 2016.

    Memory: A History, ed. Oxford University Press, 2015.

    The Other Plato. SUNY Press, 2012.

    Dialectic and Dialogue. Stanford, 2010

    On Dialogue. Lexington, 2006

    Matter, Imagination and Geometry: Ontology, Natural Philosophy and Mathematics in Plotinus, Proclus and Descartes. Ashgate, 2002.

    Metaphysik und Ethik. Theoretische und praktische Philosophie in Antike und Neuzeit. München, 1996.    

    Research Interests:

    Philosophy and history of science of late antiquity and early modernity (17th century), philosophy of dialogue, philosophy of history and memory.

    Awards And Honors:

    - Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation research grants at the Universities of Tübingen, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Marburg, and Bonn.
    - Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Forschungskolleg), Bad Homburg.


    Current Courses:

    Ancient Greek Philosophy (Spring 2020)

    Anxiety and Boredom (Spring 2019)

    Collaborative Senior Project (Spring 2020)

    French Reading Group (Spring 2019)

    German Reading Group (Spring 2019)

    Greek/Latin Reading Group (Spring 2019)

    Ind Senior Project

    Ind Senior Project (Spring 2020)

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Spring 2020)

    Nietzsche, Heidegger & Greeks (Spring 2020)