Alexander Nehamas (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Νεχαμάς; born 1946) is Professor of Philosophy and Edmund N. Carpenter, II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He works on Greek philosophy, aesthetics, Nietzsche, Foucault, and literary theory.
He 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.
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, which argued that Nietzsche thought of life and the world on the model of a literary text. 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." 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. In 2008, he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh.
- 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)
Origins of Tragedy
Roundtable discussion with Joseph LeDoux, Gregory Nagy, Alexander Nehamas, Stephen Scully, and Gareth Williams.
Alexander Nehamas -individual character and ideas of beauty
Big Ideas presents Princeton University professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature, Alexander Nehamas, on how individual character defines our ideas ...
Narrative Selves: Alexander Nehamas
Alexander Nehamas of Princeton speaks at the Narrative Selves session for the Narrative Self, Lyric Self, Absent Self: Literary, Psychological, and Philosoph...
President's Lecture Series 2009-10: Alexander Nehamas
Alexander Nehamas, an internationally known philosopher and Princeton University professor, presented Because It Was He, Because It Was I: The Good of Friend...
Narrative Selves: Q&A
Suzanne Keen, Alexander Nehamas, and Daniel Schacter answer questions at the Narrative Selves session for the Narrative Self, Lyric Self, Absent Self: Litera...
Brian Leiter on Nietzsche, part 3
Philosophy Talk John Perry & Ken Taylor discuss Friedrich Nietzsche with Brian Leiter. http://www.philosophytalk.org/pastShows/Nietzsche.htm.
Opening of The Life and Death of Buildings Exhibit
Festive opening of The Life and Death of Buildings Exhibit at Princeton University Art Museum. Exhibit runs until 11/6/11.
Egyptian Massage inThe pharaon Beauty.wmv
Is beauty in the eye of the pharaohs? Gharib Desouky. beauty as that which brings enjoyment to the person who looks or contemplates. subjective properties as...
Speech in little brave contest.
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