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Anthony Price

Emeritus Professor


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.

Prof Anthony Price on 'Platonic love' (Podcast)

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.
  • His fourth book, Virtue and Reason in Plato and Aristotle, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.
  • In 2013, Anthony gave a paper at a plenary session of a meeting of the International Plato Society in Pisa on Plato’s Symposium. He now has invitations from the Institute for Classical Studies, London, and to conferences at Louvain, Oxford, and Heidelberg.


  • Many of Anthony’s papers, published and unpublished, can be found at
  • Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, hbk; pbk with an Afterword, 1997).
  • Mental Conflict (London: Routledge, 1995, hbk & pbk; translation into Portuguese, Conflito Mental, Sao Paulo: Papirus, 1998).
  • Contextuality in Practical Reason (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2008, hbk).
  • Virtue and Reason in Plato and Aristotle. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2011, hbk; pbk January 2015).

Research Supervision

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