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Anthony Price


Anthony Price came to Birkbeck as Lecturer in 1995, was very soon promoted to Reader and subsequently to Professor. He was educated at Winchester and Oxford in classics, history, and philosophy. He taught at the University of York, (1972-1995) before coming to Birkbeck.

Research Activity

  • Anthony’s principal research interests are in Greek ethics and moral psychology, and in contemporary ethics. His work in Greek philosophy (primarily but not only Plato and Aristotle) strives to do justice to the texts, but is always primarily philosophical in its goals, which are to increase our self-understanding as ethical agents through interpreting the texts in ways that attend to the details of their arguments and formulations, attempting to make the best and most fruitful sense of these.
  • In 2012, Anthony gave a lecture at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin on Aristotle’s Rhetoric on emotion, and in 2013 a lecture at a meeting of the International Plato Society in Pisa on Plato’s Symposium.
  • Anthony’s next commission is to write a piece for the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy on his primary Oxford supervisor, R.M. Hare. He plans a monograph on Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics (including the books shared with the better-known Nicomachean Ethics),hoping thereby to focus more attention on a work that has been twice re-translated into English recently, but remains comparatively neglected.


  • Many of Anthony’s papers, published and unpublished, can be found at
  • Books
  • Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, reprinted with an Afterword 1997).
  • Mental Conflict (London: Routledge, 1995, translation into Portuguese, Conflito Mental, Sao Paulo: Papirus, 1998).
  • Contextuality in Practical Reason (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2008).
  • Virtue and Reason in Plato and Aristotle. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2011).

Research Supervision

  • Anthony supervises research students in Greek philosophy and in ethics.