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Alexander Nehamas
Born 22 March 1946
Athens, Greece
Era 21st century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Postmodernism
Main interests
Ancient Greek philosophy, comparative literature, aesthetics

Alexander Nehamas (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Νεχαμάς; born 22 March 1946) is Professor of Philosophy and Edmund N. Carpenter, II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1990, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He works on Greek philosophy, aesthetics, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, and literary theory.

Biography[edit]

Nehamas was born in Athens, Greece in 1946. In 1964, he enrolled to Swarthmore College. He graduated in 1967 and completed his doctorate on Predication in Plato's Phaedo under the direction of Gregory Vlastos at Princeton in 1971. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania before joining the Princeton faculty in 1990.[1]

Philosophy[edit]

His early work was on Platonic metaphysics and aesthetics as well as the philosophy of Socrates, but he gained a wider audience with his 1985 book Nietzsche: Life as Literature (Harvard University Press), in which he argued that Nietzsche thought of life and the world on the model of a literary text.[2] Nehamas has said, "The virtues of life are comparable to the virtues of good writing—style, connectedness, grace, elegance—and also, we must not forget, sometimes getting it right."[3] More recently, he has become well known for his view that philosophy should provide a form of life, as well as for his endorsement of the artistic value of television. This view also becomes evident in his book Only a Promise of Happiness. The title itself is later in this work used as one definition of beauty with reference to Stendhal. In that sense, beauty can be found in all media; as Nehamas claims in the same work: ″Aesthetic features are everywhere, but that has nothing to do with where the arts can be found. Works of art can be beautiful because everything can be beautiful, but that doesn't mean that anything can be a work of art.″ (p. 95). In 2008, he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • Nietzsche: Life as Literature, Cambridge: Harvard University Press (1985)
  • Symposium (translation, with Paul Woodruff) (1989)
  • The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault (1998)
  • Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates (1999)
  • The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault: University of California Press (2000)
  • Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art (2008)

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New York Times (blog)
Sun, 29 Aug 2010 14:25:47 -0700

Alexander Nehamas is professor of philosophy and comparative literature and Edmund N. Carpenter, II, Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. He is the author of several works on Plato, Nietzsche, literary theory and ...
 
Harvard Crimson
Thu, 28 May 2015 06:17:18 -0700

Being true to what you love, however, involves a fundamentally different mode of attention from self-reflection. Specifically, it involves attending to the kind of beauty specific to the beloved object. Explaining this idea, the philosopher Alexander ...

Princeton University

Princeton University
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:56:15 -0700

I was also attracted by names I recognized; as a philosophy major, I had previously read the work of both Peter Singer and Alexander Nehamas before getting here. Two years later, I've taken classes with both of them. In short, Princeton offers in some ...

Patheos (blog)

Patheos (blog)
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:48:45 -0700

... next page of this post: Pages: 1 2. Filed Under: History, Paganism, Science & Religion, Theology Tagged With: alexander nehamas, History, peter harrison, Philosophy as a Way of Life, Pierre Hadot, religion, science, science and religion Leave a ...

Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:03:45 -0700

My favorite philosopher (Michel Foucault) wasn't a philosopher so much as he was an innovative historian. Instead of casting his gaze at some well-defined era, Foucault studied the breaks between eras. Why did the model of the way the world works ...
 
Greek Reporter
Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:56:36 -0800

On Wednesday, the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias received Alexander Nehamas, Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. The distinguished professor was named Honorary Doctor of Aristotle University, of the Philosophy Department.

University of Delaware

University of Delaware
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:40:22 -0800

7:36 a.m., Feb. 11, 2014--Alexander Nehamas of Princeton University will deliver the spring David Norton Memorial Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in 111 Memorial Hall on the University of Delaware campus in Newark. Nehamas, the Edmund N.

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:40:14 -0800

According to their website, they believe that television represents, “a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world”. It's good for your soul. Professor Alexander Nehamas, a Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University ...
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