|Professor of Philosophy||
C dot Osborne at uea dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 2719
Formerly publishing as Catherine Osborne, from 1979 to 2011.
At Cambridge I took both parts of the Classics Tripos, specialising in Ancient Philosophy in Part II. I also took an option paper from the Theology Tripos, in Early Christian Life and Thought (for which I was supervised by Rowan Williams, then a tutor at Westcott House). My first philosophy teachers were (Sir) Geoffrey Lloyd, G.E.L. Owen, and Myles Burnyeat.
My PhD, in the Classics Faculty in Cambridge, was interdisciplinary between Classics and Theology. My supervisor was Christopher Stead, then Ely Professor of Divinity. I attended the ancient philosophy seminars of G.E.L. Owen (until his death) and of Myles Burnyeat, and Patristic seminars in the Theology Faculty with Henry Chadwick, Rowan Williams and Christopher Stead. The PhD thesis, on Hippolytus of Rome and the Presocratics, formed the basis of my first book (Rethinking Early Greek Philosophy).
In 1984 I was appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship at New Hall in Cambridge, and in 1987 I moved to Oxford to a Senior Research Fellowship at St Anne's College which I held during my tenure of a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (under the Oxford Sub-faculty of Philosophy). During these years I developed my interest in Platonic Love and the idea of the love of God in Patristic Thought, leading to my second book (Eros Unveiled).
In 1990 I was appointed to a lectureship in the Philosophy Department at Swansea. It was there that I became a philosopher and not just a classicist and patrologist. My role had been formerly held by Rush Rhees, and included 60 lectures on the Presocratics, compulsory for second years. The Swansea Department was large. It had grown as a result of the closure of two other Welsh departments, and besides DZ Phillips there were several other Wittgensteinian philosophers, such as H.O. Mounce, Ilham Dilman, and R.W. Beardsmore. It was probably the strongest Wittgensteinian department in the UK, and was to expand further over the next few years, recruiting a number of young lecturers from the same tradition. Unfortunately, not all the Wittgensteinians in Swansea agreed on philosophical or academic values, and the department was racked by bitter and often tragic internal strife throughout the nineties. It was eventually destroyed by its own forces of self-destruction. Nevertheless, in its heyday it was an inspirational School, and changed my life and my philosophical outlook for good.
During my time in Swansea I was commuting weekly from Oxford, where I was fortunate to be able to take some part in the philosophical scene. In particular I was a member from its earliest days of the legendary Friday morning De anima seminar run by David Charles and attended by Michael Frede.
In 2000 I left Swansea, along with some other members of that department. For three years (2000 to 2003) I was Reader in Greek Culture at the University of Liverpool in the Classics Department (part of the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology), where I taught Intermediate Greek, Tragedy, Women, and Myth to students taking degrees in Classical Studies and Ancient History. The fruits of my years in Swansea and in Liverpool emerged in my 2007 book Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers.
In 2003 I moved to UEA as a Lecturer in Philosophy, promoted to Reader in 2006 and to Professor in 2008. I held an AHRC Fellowship for the Autumn semester 2004, and a Leverhulme Research Fellowship from 2007-9. I was Head of School from 2005 to 2008, during which I oversaw the growth of the School from 5 to 11 research-active staff, the development of a lively Wittgensteinian research group, the introduction of two new Masters programmes, and an expansion of the undergraduate and graduate provision in ancient philosophy. I currently serve as Deputy Head of School, Director of Research and Director of Postgraduate Research for the School.
I serve on the Faculty Research Executive, the Board of the HUM Graduate School, Senate and a number of other committees. I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and have acted as chair for the AHRC's ranking panels for research grants.
Further information about my academic career may be found on my CV.
|Project Title||Start Date||End Date||Funding Body|
|Plato on Knowledge and Truth||1/9/2007||31/8/2009||Leverhulme Trust|
|Wittgenstein, Literature and Other Minds Conference July 2007||16/7/2007||18/7/2007||Aristotelian Society|
|Mind Conference Grants: Wittgenstein and Literature||16/7/2007||18/7/2007||Mind Association|
|Ancient Philosophers and Animals||1/9/2004||31/12/2004||Arts and Humanities Research Council|
Rowett, Catherine (2012) On making mistakes in Plato. Topoi.
Osborne, Catherine (2009) Selves and other selves in Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics. Ancient Philosophy, 29. pp. 349-371.
Osborne, Catherine (2006) Socrates in the Platonic dialogues. Philosophical Investigations, 29 (1). pp. 1-21.
Osborne, Catherine (2000) Aristotle on the fantastic abilities of animals in De anima 3.3. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 19. pp. 253-85.
Osborne, Catherine (1998) Topography in the Timaeus. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society, 34. pp. 104-11.
Osborne, Catherine (1998) Perceiving white and sweet (again): Aristotle De anima 3.7, 431a20-431b1. The Classical Quarterly, 48. pp. 433-46.
Osborne, Catherine (1995) Perceiving particulars and recollecting the Forms. Phaedo' Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 95. pp. 211-33. ISSN 0066-7374
Osborne, Catherine (1991) Nexus amoris en el De Trinitate (Spanish translation by José Oroz of 'The nexus amoris in Augustine's Trinity'). Augustinus, 36. pp. 205-212.
Osborne, Catherine (1990) The nexus amoris in Augustine's Trinity. Studia Patristica, Proceedings of the tenth international conference on Patristic Studies, XXII. pp. 309-14.
Osborne, Catherine (1990) Boundaries in nature: eating with animals in the fifth century B.C. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 37. pp. 15-30.
Osborne, Catherine (1987) The repudiation of representation in Plato's Republic and its repercussions. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society, 33. pp. 53-73.
Osborne, Catherine (1987) Empedocles Recycled. The Classical Quarterly, 37. pp. 24-50.
Osborne, Catherine (1983) Archimedes on the dimensions of the cosmos. Isis, 74. pp. 234-42.
Osborne, Catherine (1983) Aristotle De anima 3.2: How do we perceive that we see and hear? The Classical Quarterly, 33. pp. 401-11.
Osborne, Catherine (2011) Ralph Cudworth. The True Intellectual System of the Universe. In: The Presocratics from the Latin Middle Ages to Hermann Diels. Akten der 9. Tagung der Karl und Gertrud Abel-Stiftung vom 5.-7. Oktober 2006 in München (PhA 26), Stuttgart, pp. 215-235.
Osborne, Catherine (2010) Clement of Alexandria. In: The Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 270-282. ISBN 9780521876421
Osborne, Catherine (2009) La naissance de la philosophie. In: Histoire de la Philosophie. Paris: Éditions du Seuil, pp. 7-30.
Osborne, Catherine (2009) If all things were to turn to smoke, it'd be the nostrils would tell them apart. In: Nuevos Ensayos Sobre Heráclito: Actas Del Segundo Symposium Heracliteum. Mexico: UNAM, pp. 415-41.
Osborne, Catherine (2006) Was there an Eleatic Revolution in philosophy? In: Rethinking Revolutions through Ancient Greece. Cambridge University Press, pp. 218-245. ISBN 9780521862127
Osborne, Catherine (2005) Sin and moral responsibility in Empedocles's cosmic cycle. In: UNSPECIFIED Institute for Philosopical Research, Patras, pp. 283-308. ISBN 9608818311
Osborne, Catherine (2003) Knowledge is perception: a defence of Theaetetus. In: Ideal and Culture of Knowledge in Plato. Franz Steiner Verlag, pp. 133-158. ISBN 3515083375
Osborne, Catherine (2001) Comment mesurer le mouvement dans le vide? Quelques remarques sur deux paradoxes de Zénon d'Elée. In: Les anciens savants. Les cahiers philosophiques de Strasbourg, pp. 157-168.
Osborne, Catherine (1999) "No" means "yes": the seduction of the word in Plato's Phaedrus. In: Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy. 2000, Leiden, pp. 263-81.
Osborne, Catherine (1998) Was verse the default form for presocratic philosophy? In: Form and Content in Didactic Poetry. Levente Editori, Bari, pp. 23-35.
Osborne, Catherine (1998) Irrtum. In: Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum. Franz Joseph Dölger-Institut, Stuttgart, pp. 854-910.
Osborne, Catherine (1997) Heraclitus and the rites of established religion. In: What is a God? Studies in the nature of Greek divinity. Duckworth/The Classical Press of Wales, London, pp. 35-42. ISBN 0715627791
Osborne, Catherine (1997) Heraclitus. In: From the Beginning to Plato. Routledge History of Philosophy (1). Routledge, London, pp. 88-127. ISBN 978-0-415-30873-1
Osborne, Catherine (1996) Space, time, shape and direction: creative discourse in the Timaeus. In: Form and Argument in Late Plato. Clarendon Press, Oxford, pp. 179-212. ISBN 0198240120
Osborne, Catherine (1995) Ancient Vegetarianism. In: Food in Antiquity. University of Exeter Press, Exeter, pp. 214-24. ISBN 0859894185
Osborne, Catherine (1993) Literal or Metaphorical? Some issues of language and discourse in the Arian controversy. In: Christian Theology and Greek Philosophy in the fourth century: essays in tribute to George Christopher Stead. E.J.Brill, Leiden, pp. 148-70. ISBN 9004096051
Osborne, Catherine (1992) Neoplatonism and the love of God in Origen. In: Origeniana Quinta. Leuven, pp. 270-83.
Osborne, Catherine (2009) Philoponus: On Aristotle Physics 1.4-9 (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle). Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, p. 185. ISBN 9780715637876
Osborne, Catherine (2007) Dumb beasts and Dead Philosophers: Humanity and the Humane in Ancient Philosophy and Literature. Oxford University Press, p. 262. ISBN 9780199282067
Osborne, Catherine (2006) Philoponus Commentary on Aristotle's Physics book 1.1-3. Duckworth, p. 152. ISBN 0715634097
Osborne, Catherine (2004) Presocratic Philosophy: a very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, p. 168. ISBN 0192840940
Osborne, Catherine (1994) Eros Unveiled: Plato and the God of Love. Clarendon Press , Oxford. ISBN 0198267614
Osborne, Catherine (1987) Rethinking Early Greek Philosophy: Hippolytus of Rome and the Presocratics. Cornell University Press, Ithaca. ISBN 0715619756
Professor Osborne is Research Director for the School of Philosophy.
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